On April 28, 1990, only two babies were born at Morton Hospital in Taunton, Massachusetts, a city whose population was just shy of 50,000 at the time. What seemed like a quiet springtime Saturday would prove to be the very beginning of a beautiful coincidence for the children’s two families, because 27 years later, the pair wed in that same Massachusetts city where their lives began.
Although Jessica and Aaron Bairos’s marriage wasn’t arranged by their parents, their moms did meet before either of them entered the world: “It sounds silly, but both of our families are Portuguese, and when you’re Portuguese, you know everyone around you,” Jessica told ABC News with a laugh. “When his mom went into labor, she saw my mom, and they remember saying hi to each other casually.”
It’s not entirely surprising that the only two moms giving birth in that hospital that day crossed paths, but it is miraculous that these newlyweds ever even met—outside of the hospital nursery, that is. While they lived in the same city, they never went to school together. Then when she was 10, Jessica’s family moved away from Taunton, to a neighboring town.
When she got to high school, though, Jessica once again shared time and space with her future husband when mutual friends unknowingly reconnected them. “We all went out, and it was history from there,” Aaron recalled to ABC News.
Before their wedding this fall, Jessica and Aaron spent nine years together—and nine birthdays—each one bringing on a new round of laughter at their strange coincidence. Even though the newlyweds have gotten used to sharing that special day, they’re always surprised anew when people hear about the connection.
“The coincidence of this happening, the more I think of it, is pretty weird,” Aaron said. “If somebody told me that this was their story, I’d be like, ‘This is really freaking cool.’”