La Grange – Although their due dates were close, Amy Matykiewicz and Jillian Trippeer didn’t plan on giving birth the same week, much less the same day. But the two sisters – who are three years apart and live just five minutes from one another – on Friday, March 6, welcomed Lucas Scott Matykiewicz and Zachary Robert Trippeer into the world just hours apart at the hospital where they work as nurses: Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
“Even though I knew there was a slight possibility, I never imagined my sister and I would deliver on the same day,” said Matykiewicz, a registered nurse in the operating room who has worked at the hospital since 2001. “We didn’t even know that we were both going to have boys; neither of us wanted to know the gender ahead of time.”
Added Trippeer: “Sharing this experience with my sister has been such a blessing. And I can’t wait for our boys to grow up together. I know they will be close.”
Trippeer, 30, is a quality management specialist and registered nurse who has worked at the hospital since 2000. She and her husband, Kyle, and their family live in Tinley Park. Matykiewicz, 33, lives with her husband, Tim, and their family in Orland Park. Both sisters are graduates of Carl Sandburg High School and Northern Illinois University.
Lucas, born at 9 pounds, 13 ounces and 21.5 inches long, is four-and-a-half hours older than cousin Zachary, who is 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Lucas has dark hair and a darker complexion than fair-skinned blond Zachary. Lucas joins big sister Kassidy, 5, and older brothers Timmy, 3, and Austin, 2. Zachary’s older sisters are 2-year-old twins Ashley and Alexis. Lucas and Zachary were delivered by Dr. Scott Multack.
In addition to celebrating their first birthday together, the boys also will be christened the same day at the same church – a plan that will undoubtedly be appreciated by all the members of this tight-knit family. Their 23-year-old sister, who was at the hospital for both births, wants to take on a bigger role in the next delivery.
“She wanted to know if we’d both be willing to wait a few more years and all get pregnant again together,” Matykiewicz said. “We'll see what happens.”