Brothers Todd and Troy Meiselbach remember doing everything together while growing up.
Only one year apart – Todd is now 33 and Troy, 32 – they played sports together, went to Mount Sinai High School together, shared a room until they were in their early 20s and shared a lot of the same friends. In 2009, they got married three months apart and were each other’s best man.
But still, they were a little surprised when their babies – both boys and their firstborn – came into the world a little more than 15 hours apart at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson this past weekend.
“The way things were with me and him, we do everything together,” said Troy Meiselbach. “Why not? Let’s have our kids together.”
Gavin Meiselbach was born to Troy and his wife Nicole at 7:41 p.m. last Saturday. Caelan Meiselbach was born just hours later to Todd and his wife Melissa at 10:17 a.m. on Sunday.
“When he was first born, I didn’t stop crying for like more than an hour,” said Todd Meiselbach of his son’s birth. “When we heard him cry, we started crying. I just couldn’t take my eyes off him.”
Despite doing everything together growing up, this wasn’t something the couples planned.
“We didn’t talk about it,” said Melissa Meiselbach. “We never told them we were trying and they didn’t say anything either.”
When Todd and Melissa found out they were expecting, Todd called his brother to share the good news. Troy headed home from work that day to tell his wife.
“He came home to tell me they were pregnant, and when he got there, I was standing over the pregnancy test that I just took,” Nicole Meiselbach said.
Even with their expected due dates were just four days apart, the births still came as a surprise. Nicole Meiselbach’s water broke three weeks early, at 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Hours after Gavin was born, Melissa’s water broke, at 2 a.m. the next morning.
Both women had unexpected C-sections.
“My mother’s jaw just dropped,” Todd said, before joking, “it sure makes visiting easier for everyone.”
For their first days of life, the boys and their parents were just around the corner from each other on the maternity ward. While they won’t be that physically close to each other all their lives (Gavin will live in Smithtown and Caelan in Farmingville), the couples hope their little ones will share a similar special bond like their dads.
“One day, I hope they are as close as we are,” Troy said.
His wife, Nicole agreed. She said, “We hope this is the start of their football team.”
Above: New cousins Gavin, left, and Caelan Meiselbach were born hours apart this past weekend at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. Their fathers, Todd and Troy Meiselbach, hope the cousins grow to be just as close as they were growing up. (July 9, 2012)