Newborn baby boy shares birthday with dad, grandpa

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - October 5, 2012

Don't tell that to the Nixon family of Waymart who welcomed a baby boy into the family on Wednesday, the third generation to be born on Oct. 3.

The day first became special to the family in 1961 when Clifford Charles Nixon was born and again in 1989 when Clifford's son, Justin Ryan Nixon, was born.

Despite doctors giving Justin Nixon's wife, Katie, only about a 5 percent chance of continuing the trend by giving birth on her Oct. 3 due date, Ryan Charles Nixon was born Wednesday afternoon.

"It was perfect," Nixon said. "The whole pregnancy, I was hoping that it would happen."

It almost didn't.

In the beginning of September, she started having contractions. However, they turned out to be false alarms.

"I wanted my son to have his dad's birthday," Nixon said. "I thought I wasn't going to make it to October, let alone the third."

After the false alarm, Ryan continued to grow until Nixon was advised by her doctor to consider a Cesarean section to prevent health risks. She accepted and was glad she did, saying that the risk factors kept going up the longer Ryan stayed in the womb.

Craig Johnson of Marywood University's math department said the chances of having Justin and Ryan born on the same day Clifford was born is less than 1 percent. To be more accurate, it is 0.000751 percent.

Nixon's 2-year-old daughter, Amberlynn, is very excited to be a big sister. Nixon said Amberlynn was constantly kissing her stomach during the course of the pregnancy, calling out for her yet-to-be-born brother by name.

On Thursday, a day after Ryan was born, Nixon's hospital room was packed with family coming to hold and see the new addition to their family.

Clifford Nixon was all smiles wearing a T-shirt that read "property of grandpa."

Still, right after the birth, one of the most excited, and nervous, in the room was the child's father.

Soon after Nixon gave birth, Nixon rushed into the room carrying roses and a card.

The card's message was simple: "I love you."

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