EYOTA, Minn. (WCCO) — Having three kids isn’t all that abnormal in family circles. But how about having three children who all have the same day to blow out the candles and eat cake? As of Monday, one couple from Eyota, Minn., can now say all three of their children share a birthday.

Carrie and Shawn O’Neill said none of the births were planned and none of the deliveries were induced. We did the math: There’s a .000001 percent chance of this happening.

On the morning of March 5, something interesting happened in their household before Carrie O’Neill went into labor.

“Our 2-year-old started singing happy birthday to the baby, and I thought well that’s kind of random, cause at that point I wasn’t having any labor pains,” Carrie said.

It wasn’t until later that evening, they found out she knew something they didn’t.

Russell O’Neill was brought into the world at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on March 5.

It’s not just the shared birthday that will raise your eye brows, Russell’s anesthesiologist was also born on March 5.

While Carrie and Shawn said they wish they didn’t have to bake three cakes on one day, they said they’ve learned their lesson, three times. Now, they know they are not in control of their fate.

“It had to be this day, cause that was the one day we were shooting not to have it,” said Shawn.

For those of you wondering if there’s an anniversary or other big event nine months before due date, they said they’re just as confused as anyone.

“We still haven’t been able to pinpoint it, so,” said Shawn.

While Carrie and Shawn say they’re not planning on having a fourth child, they say by now they know better, there may be bigger plans in store for them.

Comments (15)
  1. JEAN says:

    CONGRAUTALTION AND MANY MORE BLESSING TO COME 🙂 next to do on the bucket list win the big lotto

  2. DONNA says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Your children will have very interesting birthday stories to tell as they grow older.

  3. al says:

    My dad and his sisters, who were twins 6 years older, share the same birthday. It is odd.

  4. Amanda says:

    My Niece and Nephew (their brother and sister) were born on the same day. They were born in the 3rd month on the 3rd day 3 years apart. My family always thought that was cool.

  5. Suzanne Millrt says:

    That’s cool. My brother and my cousin sahre the same birthday. My couisn rachal and my uncle share the same birthday too. My cousin Pete and I share the same birth year and are 11 days apart. I think your kids will find sharing a birthday wonderful when they get older.

  6. asdf says:

    My sister and I have the same birthday one year apart. The family joke is that we were each born 9 months after the first fall fire in the fireplace. The annual coupling.

  7. Tom Malat says:

    My one brother and two sisters were born on the same day ….. No twins! …. April 9th! … That was 58, 60 and 63 years ago!

  8. EJ says:

    Bob- you apparentley didn’t listen to your Mother when she said “If you can’t say something nice……then say nothing at all”. Mr. Nasty McNasterson.

  9. K. says:

    I don’t know about you, Bob, but I rather enjoy this kind of news. It isn’t as depressing as some of the other headlines. It makes you smile. Or, is that something you don’t like to do…..

  10. Jim Mulhern says:

    Welcome to the club. I share my birthday with two of my brothers, one is a year older and one is threee years younger. Mom had each of us natural birth, with two other brother three days apart different years.

  11. Math Hound says:

    So even though the article says the chances of this happening are .000001, we’re seeing lots of examples of this. I think someone did the math wrong in calculating the chances of this.

    Still a nice, feel-good story. And I’m impressed that none of the deliveries were planned or medically induced! Congrats to the family on their newest member!

  12. Steve says:

    The chances of this happening are much higher than .000001%. The odds are actually .00075% (100% / (365 * 365)). .000001% is close to (but not exactly equal to) the odds of three people all sharing March 5 for their birthday. .00075% is the odds of three people sharing the same birthday (regardless of which day of the year it is). Of course, that does not take into account the possibility of triplets (who would (usually) also share the same birthday) or twins sharing a birthday with a singleton (someone who is not a twin). I’m not sure how they came up with .000001%, unless they just picked it out of the air as a small number, but it’s not correct.

    Even so, this is a cute story with cute kids.

    1. The Shat says:

      I’d say the chances are even higher. The chance of a child being born on any particular child being born on a particular day are, in fact, 1/365. But the parents could plan subsequent pregnancies so the chances of a child being delivered on a particular day are much greater than 1/365.

  13. Tamika says:

    Congratulations! I have an even more crazy story to share about my Son’s dad who is now my ex. He has three kids. My son who is ten is the oldest and he was born on my birthday October 5th, 2001. His second wife whose daughter is now 5, shares her birthday with her mom also. My ex recently had a new baby about 6 weeks ago and the new baby was born on her mom’s birthday as well!! So all his kids share a birthday with their mom. Isn’t this ironic! I dont know what to make of it, but when I recently found out I was freaked out! I guess it was fate.