Twins often feel like a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, but multiple births can run in families. When one couple had three sets of twins, you might pin it on the luck of the genetic draw—but would you believe that each set of twins all share a birthday?
Carrie Kosinkski and her husband Craig of Union Grove, Wisconsin, were blessed with three sets of twins all born on February 28.
JJ and Cece were born first in 2013. The following year, they were followed by Adalynn and Kenna. After a gap year, Clarissa and Karraline were born in 2016.
Now, you could pin this on genetics, and you’d be partially right, but the twist here is that the first two pair were adopted, and are the biological children of a family friend.
Clarissa and Karraline, however, are the couple’s biological children, and were born on their siblings’ birthday by sheer coincidence.
Carrie gets asked often whether the couple planned their biological children’s births, but no, her twins were born premature and very early.
“Mine was at 24 weeks,” she told People.
Originally, Carrie was told that she and her husband could not have children of their own naturally.
But Carrie, who was adopted herself, had always dreamed of being a mother to a large family. She was devastated when doctors told her she and Craig could not conceive.
But an acquaintance of the Kosinskis, several months pregnant, actually reached out to Carrie asking her if their family would adopt her baby—the woman already had a pair of twins she was raising, and none of them expected a second set of twins.
In 2014, Adalynn and Kenna were born, and adopted by the Kosinksis.
The next year, the woman reached out to Carrie and Craig again—she felt she could no longer raise JJ and CeCe, the twins born two years prior. And of course, the Kosinkis agreed to adopt the twins.
Then, through IVF, Carrie and Craig were able to conceive—twins yet again.
“There is never a dull moment in my house,” Carrie told People.
Carrie had also started a GoFundMe for the “Quad Squad Adoption Fund” to help raise money to allow the family to formally adopt both sets on their birthday.
“We are very grateful for all of your donations. We can’t thank you enough for helping us,” she explained on her crowd-funding campaign.
One wonders how they’re going to celebrate six birthdays all at once…maybe do a White Elephant of sorts?