Twin sisters born 12 minutes apart gave birth to sons 13 minutes apart Tuesday evening at a Camden County hospital.
The 23-year-old first-time moms live with their parents in Clementon, but in no way was the synchronicity planned, said Nicole Fisher, the younger sister, this morning from her room at Virtua Voorhees.
"That twin intuition," though, may have played a role, she said.
Nicole wasn't due till Jan. 6, whereas her fraternal twin, Danielle, was due Dec. 16.
Acting on a physician's advice after a test, Danielle checked into the hospital Monday, and went into labor around midnight.
The next morning, Nicole could sense what Danielle was going through, she said.
"She went into labor, and I was feeling her pain," Nicole said.
About 10 a.m., Nicole's water broke, while driving to a store.
"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I had a little calendar at home that said I had 19 days to go."
Her boyfriend drove her to the hospital, and she went into labor that evening.
Danielle, who came into the world first, gave birth first. Johnathan, named for the twin's dad, John, was born at 7:43 p.m.
Little Maximus, inspired by the hero of the movie Gladiator, arrived at 7:56 p.m.
The boys look a lot alike, although their noses seem a little different, said Nicole.
Late this morning, John and Lisa Fisher were expecting their daughters back home with the grandsons. Danielle has the third floor, Nicole the lower level.
"With two babies, it's going to be a crazy house," Nicole said, but her folks are familiar with having two babies at home at once.
The sisters have had their share of spooky coincidences.
"We've always had that twin intuition growing up, for some reason," Nicole said. "If she got hurt, I would feel her pain."
In sixth grade or so, Danielle got hurt playing dodgeball and had to wear a neck brace. The next morning, Nicole woke up with such a "kinked neck" that she wound up wearing a neck brace, too.
No plans are in the works for a double wedding, but Nicole does expect to marry her supportive boyfriend.
"He's in awe," she said.