'She surprised us all': Despite due date, baby shares birthday with grandmother, great-grandmother

Birdie Eve's arrival was the best birthday gift ever for her grandmother and great-grandmother.


Birdie Eve's birthday will always be a special day.

That's because the newborn from Phoenix, Arizona, shares it with her grandmother and great-grandmother.

On Sept. 12, Birdie's arrival was the best birthday gift for Shelley Parkhurst, 60, and her mother, Gail, 96.

"We thought it was going to be the 24th but she surprised us all," Parkhurst told KNXV. "I mean, how can you plan that? Really, how can you plan it?"

Birdie's parents — Marissa Mendoza and Nicholas Parkhurst — were just as surprised by the coincidental birthdate.

"I never thought she'd be born on my mom's birthday, " Nicholas Parkhurst said. "She has been saying it since the beginning that it's gonna happen on her birthday, and I'm like, 'No it's not, it's the 24th."

Birdie's early arrival came due to some health complications and her parents are glad she arrived safely.

"I couldn't have an epidural, so I had to go in early, so that I could have a safe delivery because, if I waited any longer, it wouldn't have been safe, so that's why I got induced early, and I'm like, 'Oh, well, maybe she will be born on that day,'" Mendoza said.

Even after Mendoza was induced on Sept. 11, nurses told her Birdie may not arrive until Sept. 13. Instead, she was born on a day so special to her family.

"I can't really describe it," Mendoza said.