First-time grandparents welcome 2 grandbabies hours apart

Bob and Jackie Cunningham’s daughter-in-law and daughter gave birth hours apart

Caleb Cunningham and Holden Myers
Caleb Cunningham and Holden Myers. Photos courtesy: Bob Cunningham (April 3. 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -– A Grand Rapids couple became first-time grandparents over the weekend, not once — but twice.

The family is calling newborns Caleb Cunningham and Holden Myers “twin cousins.”

Bob and Jackie Cunningham’s daughter-in-law went into labor in Chicago just before their daughter went into labor in Grand Rapids.

Caleb Cunningham
Caleb Cunningham and his parents, Lisa and Nick Cunningham. (April 3, 2016)

Their son and daughter-in-law’s son, Caleb, was born at 10 a.m. Chicago time on Sunday, less than eight hours before the birth of his cousin Holden in Grand Rapids.

“They were both due April 1,” Jackie Cunningham, the grandmother said. “It was very exciting to have them both due the same time, not thinking they would both go into labor the same day, too.”

The first-time grandparents were in Chicago awaiting the birth of baby Caleb when they got word that their daughter was going into labor at Family Birthplace at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids.

“It was very exciting and very nerve-wracking,” Bob Cunningham said. “We kept saying, ‘Hopefully she can just make it,’ we kept saying, ‘Hold on.’”

Once Caleb was born in Chicago the grandparents needed to rush back to Grand Rapids for the birth of their second grandson.

Holden Myers
Holden Myers and his parents, Dan and Sarah Myers. (April 3, 2016)

“We spent about a half hour, 40 minutes [with Caleb], which was not enough. He’s a beautiful boy,” Bob Cunningham said. “Then it was, ‘Okay, we have to go see our daughter now too,’ we jumped in the car.”

The Cunninghams made it to Grand Rapids just in time, with about an hour to spare before baby Holden was born Sunday evening.

“Same birthday — I don’t know if they’re going to like it that much, but we like it,” Bob Cunningham said.

Jackie Cunningham said the births of their first grandchildren was a long time coming.

“We’ve been waiting and waiting,” she said. “We’ve really been wanting to be grandparents and then to have two at once, it’s just really special.”

The new grandparents plan to spend time with their Grand Rapids grandson for the next few days and then head back to Chicago next week to see their other grandson.

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