With a name like O'Hara, what better day to be born than St. Patrick’s Day?
Andrea O'Hara gave birth to twin girls on Tuesday in San Diego after 12 hours of labor. They arrived six minutes apart: Tessa Riley at 3:47 p.m.; McKenzie Faith at 3:53 p.m.
"An Irish family with Irish babies for St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s just ecstatic," she said.
The twins were born early to their parents' surprise, so unexpected that there is a corned beef thawing in the family's refrigerator.
"They’re twins so our doctor predicted they’d come a couple of weeks early and they came three weeks early," their father, Todd O'Hara, said.
The couple has known each other since the fifth grade, then reconnected at the Rancho Bernardo High School reunion and had been trying to conceive for about five years.
Andrea O'Hara has an older daughter, Leigha, who is 10, and who with her sisters will have no shortage of new cousins. A total of eight additions to the O'Hara family were expected between November and June.
Andrea O'Hara is a contract manager for the San Diego Unified School District. Todd O'Hara works as a project manager for the Lockheed Martin Corp. Both are 36 and live in Rancho Bernardo.
The girls were delivered by Dr. Gary O’Hara, who is no relation to the family, at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital.
In honor of the holiday, Todd O'Hara's family brought a Guinness to the hospital to celebrate.
“We were already so grateful to be having these babies after five years of struggling to conceive,” he said. “And to have it happen on Saint Patrick’s Day – what could be luckier?”
Just to be sure of that luck, he wore a green T-shirt with O'Hara printed on the front for their birth.