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19 August 2020
News of an impending baby is exciting for any family, but the Hansons have five reasons to celebrate.
Five members of the extended Hanson clan, including two pairs of sisters, are due to give birth between September and February next year.
All are daughters of three Hanson brothers, Willie – Zoe Hanson, due in September, and Sophie Murray, January; Jeffrey – Alexandra Hanson, October; and David – Steph Lovel, January, and Tayla Hateley, February.
Sophie, who is expecting her first child with husband Tom, said it was both ‘crazy and exciting’ the sisters and cousins were all due within six months of each other.
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“We’re actually a really close family and that’s why this is such a big deal to us,” she said.
“Zoe and I have another sister, Danielle, who has two children as well, so it will be wonderful for all our kids to grow up together.”
Sophie, Zoe and Alexandra will all be first-time mums, while Steph is pregnant with her second child and Tayla her fourth.
“It’s definitely been a bit annoying that we can’t all get together because of COVID,” Sophie said.
“It’s a bit worrying, but I am feeling a bit better now the hospital has clarified what can and can’t happen.
“I think as long as your partner can be there, that’s the main thing. That’s massive.”
Sophie said her pregnancy was progressing well and although her first trimester was ‘not great’, she felt good now.
She said despite the temptation, she did not plan to discover her baby’s gender ahead of the birth.
“At the start I wanted to find out because I am a very organised person and wanted to be prepared, but after our 12-week scan, I thought about it and said, ‘I don’t want to know’,” she said.
“Zoe is the only one who knows. She is having a girl, but the rest of us are going to wait to find out.”
Sophie said although she was about to become a mother for the first time, she would not be completely blindsided.
“I was actually living with Danielle when she had her second child,” she said.
“My sister thinks I’m going to get the biggest shock but I already have an idea of what to expect. Her kids are four and six and I think it’s harder when they’re older.
“When they’re babies they just feed and sleep, they don’t do much.”
Sophie said a special due date was another highlight of the family baby boom.
“Steph and I are best friends, we grew up very close our whole lives, and we are actually due on the same day. We didn’t even know the other one was trying to have a baby, so we were pretty shocked. I’m sure our kids will grow up closely with each other, the way we did,” she said.
– Sarah Matthews
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