FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — As brothers growing up, identical twins Andy and Jon McAlpin, of Florence, did just about everything together.
Now, it seems, they’ll become fathers together.
Andy’s wife Katie McAlpin and Jon’s wife Becca McAlpin are both pregnant. Both babies are due Sept. 27.
Katie said they learned they were expecting and called all the siblings to tell them.
“Jon’s reaction was pretty funny, and a few days later we found out why,” Katie said.
“We said the baby was due on September 27, and then about three days later they called us and said their baby is due on September 27.”
“Surprise,” Becca said.
They women actually learned they were expecting on the same day. Becca said she had told Jon, but they decided to wait a little bit longer before going to the doctor than Katie and Andy did.
“We just wanted to make sure, but it all happened around the same time which was crazy,” Becca said.
There are all kinds of crazy twin stories online, Katie said.
“But there are no stories that any of us have found where identical twin brothers are expecting babies on the same due date,” Katie said.
Andy and Katie both live in Florence, while Jon and Becca live in Tampa.
Andy is a home builder who owns McAlpin Construction while his wife Katie, a Coffee High School graduate, is a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Properties.
Becca works in health insurance and Jon works with a general contractor.
Both Andy and Jon graduated from Mars Hill Bible School in Florence, while Becca is a Daytona Beach, Florida, native.
Jon and Becca met in Daytona when Jon moved to Florida after graduating from Auburn University. Andy and Katie started dating in West Palm Beach, Florida, despite being from the same town.
“We had to move a thousand miles away to meet somebody you went to church with,” Katie said.
Katie and Becca had actually met through a mutual friend in Florida.
“She said she was dating someone from Florence, Alabama, and I was like, ‘who are you dating from Florence, Alabama?’ Katie said.
Becca added, “It’s such a small world.”
What seems as one big happy coincidence has a little bit of a drawback.
Donna McAlpin, the mother of Jon and Andy, said if the two babies are born on the same day, she won’t be able to make both births.
“I’m thrilled to be a grandparent … but the thing is, two of them live here and that’s great; ECM is just right down the road,” Donna said. “But these two, they live in Tampa, and I can’t be in two places at the same time. But I don’t want to miss out on either birth. I’m like, y’all can’t do this on the same day.”
But the odds for that are low. It’s not uncommon for babies to be born early or late. Due dates, after all, are just estimates.
“I don’t think we’ll have them on the same day,” Becca said. “But with the way things are going, it’ll happen.”
Jon and Andy’s father Tim McAlpin said they’re prepared either way.
“We’re used to having two at the same time,” he said. “We had them at the same time, and now we’ll have two grandkids at the same time. Except this time, we’ll have a boy and a girl.”