OGDEN -- Three sisters gave birth in the same month, including two on the same day, and it was all coincidental.
Cortnee Hoffman went into labor Friday -- her sister Kristal Turner's due date -- but the baby didn't come until Saturday morning. Kristal was planning to go to see Cortnee, but started having labor pains of her own. When she got to Ogden Regional Medical Center, Cortnee was just starting to deliver. Sixty-five minutes later, Kristal had given birth.
But wait. That's not all. Three weeks ago, Kristal and Cortnee's sister, Misti Stokes also gave birth.
All three sisters had boys. Each weighed a bit more than 8 pounds.
"It was purely coincidence that this all happened," said Turner, 25, of Layton. "I have one boy who is 5 years old, and I had been trying to get pregnant again. I had a really bad miscarriage, and from that point on I couldn't get pregnant."
Turner and her husband, Spencer, turned to fertility treatments, but had no luck. "We just kind of gave up, and I put all of my baby stuff in storage. Then a month later I found out I was pregnant," Turner said.
Turner wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret until she knew she would be able to safely carry the baby without miscarrying again.
"Then my sisters called me and told me they were both pregnant," she said. "They felt really bad, because they knew I had been trying to get pregnant but was unable to, but I decided to tell them I was pregnant too."
Stokes, 24, of South Ogden, said she and Hoffman didn't believe their sister's claims in the beginning, but soon realized she was telling the truth.
"We didn't want to act over-excited about our own pregnancies, because we felt so bad," Stokes said. "My parents were the same way. They were really excited for us, but they didn't want to act too excited because they were also sad for Kristal, and Kristal didn't want us to tell anyone, not even our parents, until she knew she would be OK, so all three of us had this big secret."
Hoffman, 21, of Morgan, said she found out she was pregnant while visiting Stokes.
"She told me she was pregnant, and I told her I had missed my period, so she told me to take a pregnancy test. I did, and it came back positive," Hoffman said. Her due date was Aug. 3, but she went into labor on Turner's due date, which was July 26.
"I felt bad ... I was in labor, and it was Kristal's due date, but then while I was pushing, they told me Kristal was in labor," she said. "Dr. Darren Housel delivered both of our babies ... he went in and broke Kristal's water, then came in and delivered my baby. Then he went back home. When he pulled into his driveway, the hospital called and told him to come back because Kristal was ready to deliver."
The three cousins, Mack Turner, Stryker Hoffman and Boston Stokes, will be raised to be close, say their mothers.
"I think they all waited to come here so they could be close," Turner said. "When we were growing up, we were known as the Malan sisters, and we were always really close. We hope our boys will be just as close as we were."
Stokes said every year will be one big party.
"Kristal's other son, Burton, was also born in July, so it's going to be one big month of parties together. We think it's really cool the way things turned out, and we hope they will always be best friends."