Two close families are living out parallel lives

A11 Week 43 MCBH DP Clare Henneberg and her friend Lucy Rowark (both live in Thame)  both had daughters born on the same day (10 November 2008). Two year's later they both gave birth to boys on the same day (12 November 2010) - left is Lucy with Lois and Max and right is Clare with Rebecca and Eric
A11 Week 43 MCBH DP Clare Henneberg and her friend Lucy Rowark (both live in Thame) both had daughters born on the same day (10 November 2008). Two year's later they both gave birth to boys on the same day (12 November 2010) - left is Lucy with Lois and Max and right is Clare with Rebecca and Eric

WHAT are the chances of two sets of siblings having the same birthdays?

That question is one which has amazed anyone and everyone who meets these two Thame families.

Good friends Clare Henneberg and Lucy Rowark have three-year old daughters Rebecca and Lois who were born on the same day.

So they were astonished when two years later, their two sons, Eric and Max, were also born on the same day.

Clare said: “Rebecca and Lois were born on November 10 and Max and Eric were born on November 12.

“Needless to say November is a very busy and expensive month for us!”

Clare and Lucy met through a young mums’ group after their daughters were born.

“We were in a group with mums who all had children born within a couple of weeks so it wasn’t a huge surprise. Rebecca and Lois had the same birthday.

“Me and Lucy got on really well and we became friends.

“A year later we found out we were both pregnant and that we were expecting at around the same time. Lucy chose to have a C-section so she knew the date but it was pure chance that I went into labour and gave birth to Eric on the same day.

“We always joked that we’d give birth on the same day.

“We thought it was really spooky especially as they are the same sex as well.

“Friends and family afterwards always say ‘what are the chances of that happening?’.

“The children are very similar, Lois and Rebecca get on like a house on fire. Our families are close.

“Lucy and I are very close. Obviously we have a lot in common.

“We spend time together during the week but the weekends are family time.”

Clare and her husband have lived in Thame for about five years. Lucy moved to the town from Dubai just after Lois was born.

“Both Eric and Max were born at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Lucy is having a birthday party which we will go to but we will be celebrating as two families,” Clare added.