Old schoolmates enjoy baby boom
FIVE former Maroochydore State High School students who have been friends for more than 12 years have had babies within four months of each other.
They went to school together, graduated together, tasted the freedom and independence of adulthood together and are now juggling bottles and nappies together.
Eryn Fechner gave birth to Riley six months ago, followed a month later by Teagan Williams, who also had a son, Mitchell, now five months.
Four months ago, another member of the group, Gemma Hall, had a boy, Archie, followed by Rachael Kronk, who had a daughter, Scarlett, the following day.
Kaelam Goodman completed the mothers quintet when her daughter, Allira, was born two months ago.
The mums, who live on the Sunshine Coast and north of Brisbane, try to meet as a group at least once a month but have smaller get-togethers in between.
The women, who had a pre-Christmas get-together at Mountain Creek yesterday, said they had enjoyed being able to swap stories and compare notes on bringing up babies.
"We talk about things that you probably wouldn't talk about with a lot of strangers. Because we've known each other so long, there's nothing we wouldn't talk about to each other," Eryn said.
"I haven't needed to join any mothers' groups. I'm already in one," Rachael said.
The women consider themselves aunties to each other's babies.
The relationships are particularly meaningful to two of the women who do not have brothers and sisters and therefore have no uncles or aunties for their children.