Illinois brothers who share anniversary welcome 1st child on same day

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Brothers have 1st children on same day
Two Aurora brothers share a special bond: they were married on the same day and on Sunday they both became fathers for the first time.

AURORA, Ill. -- Two Aurora brothers share a special bond: They were married on the same day, and on Sunday, they both became fathers.

Jose and Ivan Favela were a little surprised to find themselves at Rush-Copley Medical Center this weekend, in neighboring rooms, with the same doctor delivering their sons.

Even the brothers can't quite seem to believe the series of events that got them to this point. They announced to their family, on the same day, that they were getting married. They tied the knot with their wives in a joint wedding. And the next step they'd do together, too.

"He said, 'You're going to be an uncle,'" Jose Favela said. "I was telling him, 'You're going to be an uncle too.'"

Though the babies weren't due the same day, the mothers joked they might find themselves at the hospital together. Sunday, they were surprised to find that's just what happened.

"I'm happy for them, and us too," said Sarai Duran, Ivan's wife.

"I guess we just have to enjoy it. A big party all the time," said Elvia Chaidez, Jose's wife.

The babies, Rodrigo and Josue, were born at Rush-Copley just hours apart. Their parents are overjoyed.

"He's just incredible," Ivan Favela said. "He's going to be my little engine to keep it going in life."

The hospital said this is not the first time siblings have had their children there on the same day, but they have never seen anything quite like this. Both families left the hospital Tuesday night.