Life seems to happen in threes for the Stevenson family. Seth and Lauren Stevenson, of Dickinson, North Dakota, were married in 2013 after a three-day engagement just three months after they first met. So it only made sense that on Thursday, for the third consecutive year on the same exact day, the couple welcomed their third child.
Newborn Henry, born Sept. 1, 2016, joins 2-year-old brother Axel, born Sept. 1, 2014, and 1-year-old sister Tommie, born Sept. 1, 2015.
"I can't believe it's actually the same," Lauren said. The 23-year-old mother said all three children were natural births, and that she was ready for 9-pound, 12-ounce Henry to arrive, even though her due date was Sept. 4.
Dr. William Lowe, the family's obstetrician at CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson, delivered all three of the Stevenson children and said he's pleased to be a part of an experience so rare he's never seen or heard of it happen in his nearly 50 years in the medical field.
"They're excited about it," Lowe said. "They're really a good family."
Next year, Seth and Lauren will likely have a Sept. 1 triple birthday party for the three children - the first that both Axel and Tommie will have on their actual birthdays, which have so far been spent in hospital rooms.
"We're just going to have one big party, one big bounce house, give each of them a separate cake and their own presents," Lauren said.