Kevin and Patrick Hawkins made local headlines when they entered the world in 1989.
Now the identical twins, who grew up in Crescent City, have entered fatherhood a day apart and made the local news again.
Kevin and his wife Jael welcomed Everett James Thomas Hawkins at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 17, which happened to be their one-year anniversary. One room over, Patrick and his wife Amanda greeted their daughter, Adelaide Charlotte Hawkins, at 9:28 p.m. Aug. 18.
The cousins were separated by only a wall in rooms 143 and 145 at Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata. Everett weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. Adelaide weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
"They look like the female and male version of each other," Patrick said.
"I get them mixed up if I'm not paying really close attention."
The births were featured on Humboldt County news website Lost Coast Outpost - and now in the Triplicate.
Growing up, Kevin and Patrick shared everything. They slept in the same bed when they were little, shared a room with their brother as they got older and were best friends in school, they said.
When the twins got older, they both attended Humboldt State University, and now even though Patrick lives in Arcata, rarely a weekend goes by that they don't see each other. Kevin is currently a real estate agent for Investment Realty, while Patrick works as a plumber.
"We literally see them every other weekend, if not every weekend during certain parts of the year," Kevin said, adding that he and Patrick have an older brother and an older sister. "Growing up, I thought all families were all best friends with each other. Even to this day, my brothers and sister, we're all best friends with each other."
Even though they had been trying to have a baby for a few months, Patrick said the timing was completely spontaneous. Kevin and Jael announced their pregnancy first, Patrick said. The day of Kevin and Jael's announcement, Patrick and Amanda found out that they too were going to have a baby.
"The stars aligned," Patrick said, addingthat this was how it's always been for him and Kevin. "Kevin started dating his wife at my wedding. Things just kind of fell into place."
Patrick said that having a girl was a surprise as well. Boys run in his family, he said, so he wasn't quite sure what to expect.
"The only girls I have truly tried to understand (are) my mother and my wife," he said. "Now, I couldn't be more happy."
On the big day, Kevin said he and Jael were at a wedding in Redcrest when the labor started. They had already planned on having the baby in Arcata, so they left the wedding at about 7 p.m., went to the hospital around 9 p.m. and had the baby early Sunday morning.
A few hours later, at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Amanda's labor began while she was visiting her brother and sister-in-law and their little boy, Kevin said. Things started getting serious for Amanda and Patrick 12 hours later, Kevin said.
Now, both families are home with their new babies. Kevin said he and Jael are adjusting to a new routine and are lucky to have a good support system.
Patrick said he and his brother and their families will probably share the responsibility of raising each other's kids.
"We are all part of the same community. We'll take care of each other's kids," he said. "There's something about your bloodline - you feel a serious amount of ownership. Everett will be a big part of my life."
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