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Is today your birthday? You're not alone

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Sports themed cakes - like this one at the Cakery in Albany - are popular among young boys. Sports themed cakes - like this one at the Cakery in Albany - are popular among young boys.
The Getek family of Leesburg has grown by two this morning with the additions of Calin and Grayson. The Getek family of Leesburg has grown by two this morning with the additions of Calin and Grayson.
Cookies and cupcakes wait for customers at the Cakery in Albany.  Most of the business at the store is birthday cakes. Cookies and cupcakes wait for customers at the Cakery in Albany. Most of the business at the store is birthday cakes.
Cindy McCorkle picks up a cake as a surprise for her boss at the Cakery. Cindy McCorkle picks up a cake as a surprise for her boss at the Cakery.
The birthing ward at Phoebe is a busy place these days as the number of births goes up in late Summer and early Fall. The birthing ward at Phoebe is a busy place these days as the number of births goes up in late Summer and early Fall.
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These two bundles of joy are Calin and Grayson Getek of Leesburg.

"Calin weighs 7.5 and Grayson weighs 5.15," she said.

They were born Wednesday morning at Phoebe Putney Hospital.  A few hours later and a few blocks away, Cindy McCorkle was picking up something special at the Cakery.

"I stopped by to pick up a birthday cake for my boss, today is her birthday," she said.

McCorkle's boss shares a birthday with more than just Calin and Grayson.  There are other newborns in the hospital today as well.

Nina Hancock is the Director of Maternal Services.  She said, "we've had three babies born so far today."

With plenty of birthdays to celebrate, business is booming at the bakery.

"October is when it really picks up for birthdays," said Michelle Oaks, the manager of the Cakery.

According to one web site, today is the most popular day for births with nearly one million people nationwide blowing out the candles.  The site says if you roll back the calendar to find the date of conception, you get the idea that as Oaks said, "maybe they were celebrating New Year's."

That's right, New Year's Eve.  Getek had actually heard about the story before she had her babies.

She said, "a friend of mine in Maine had posted that Wednesday was the day most babies were born and it was because of New Year's Eve and we actually joked how we didn't plan for it."

The problem is, today is not actually the busiest day for births, at least not according to researchers from Harvard University.  Today has simply been just another busy day in the birthing unit at the hospital this time of the year

Hancock said, "we begin our busy season in July and it runs through this month."

But there is a spike in birthdays during the late summer and early Fall, that's good news for people who like birthday cake.

"We enjoy it, everybody loves cake," said McCorkle.

And no matter what you were doing New Year's Eve, for some people, the memories of that one night will make for many more special memories for years to come.

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