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Twins share birthday joy
Born same day as mother, grandfather
Frank Grubber, right, daughter Wendy Lipinski, and newborn twins, Luke, left, and Jake, share an Aug. 31 birthday. The twins were born at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. - photo by Autumn McBride

Most children don’t want to share their birthdays with anyone else.

But two newborns at Northside Hospital-Forsyth will have to learn to be generous with their special day.

Wendy Lipinski gave birth Wednesday to fraternal twin boys — Jake and Luke.

Giving birth to twins made the day special enough, but it was also her birthday.

To make things even more interesting, Wendy Lipinski shares the special day with her father, Frank Grubber of Dunwoody.

"They’ve stolen my fun," Grubber joked. "Now I have to share my birthday with three people instead of just one."

Lipinski said she has enjoyed sharing the day with her father.

"We’d always come up here to [Lake Lanier] and have cake and a special party," she said. "I have a lot of good memories."

The twins’ arrival on the older generations’ birthday wasn’t planned.

Lipinski said her doctors had encouraged her to have labor induced, but she wanted to hold out for as long as possible.

She didn’t have either of her two older sons — Evan, 6, and Alexander, 4 — until both were full term.

"[Doctors] told me that with twins women never go full term, but I wanted to go as long as I could," she said. "I think that makes them healthier."

With only two weeks until a full-term pregnancy, and with doctors planning to induce labor within days, she started having contractions Tuesday night.

She said her husband, Mark, a Forsyth County dentist, had cooked a special meal that evening as an early birthday present.

"I told him he better just wrap [the salmon] up because I didn’t feel like eating anything," Wendy Lipinski said.

About 2:30 a.m., the family headed for Northside and the twins were born naturally about five hours later.

Jake, who weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces, arrived at 7:31 a.m., while Luke came in at 6 pounds 4 ounces at 7:36 a.m.

Grubber and his wife, Lipinski’s stepmother, arrived not long after the twins were born.

"I was so happy I went into labor after midnight so they came on my birthday," she said. "And that everything happened naturally."

Added Grubber: "It was a great present."