Well, hello, October! A month filled with a whole lot of surprises. And if you're expecting a baby this month, it's even more special.
Did you know October babies tend to be more athletic or that they have two birthstones? No, me neither. Read on for some fun and interesting facts you might not have known about babies born this month.
Their star sign is either Libra or Scorpio
If born before October 22nd, they will be Libra. After that date, their star sign will be a Scorpio. Libra's tend to be more balanced, lovable and are peacekeepers. Scorpios tend to be more ambitious and brave.
They probably won't be born on October 31st
Did you know very few babies are born on Halloween due to superstitions? Yep, that's right. According to a study conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, fewer women go into spontaneous labour due to the spooky associations with the day.
Their birth flower is healing
An October baby's birth flower is the beautiful Calendula, better known as marigolds. These stunning flowers can grow up to two feet tall and are mostly valued for their medical uses. Marigolds are known for their antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
They have more birthdays
According to a study by the University of Chicago, babies born from September to November tend to live past the age of 100. Being exposed to seasonal illnesses from a young age common in summer and winter could be the reason for this.
They're more athletic
According to a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, babies born at this time of the year are physically stronger than their peers in other months. Researchers say it is because their mothers had greater exposure to Vitamin D during the later stages of pregnancy.
They celebrate in style
Unlike summer babies, kids born in October get to celebrate their birthday in school, which means more cake for everyone. Then if it falls closer to Halloween, they get to host a costume-themed Halloween party while celebrating their birth date. It's a win-win.
They're in good company
October babies share their birthday with famous people like Christopher Columbus, Pablo Picasso, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Simon Cowell, Kim Kardashian, Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman and my personal favourite, Eminem.
They might be born on October 1st
In Ireland, the first day of October is the most popular day of birth for children. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 191 babies are born on average on October 1st each year, making it the most common birth date of all.
They have two birthstones
Unlike other months who only have one precious stone, October babies have two birthstones. There are opal and tourmaline. It is believed opals should never be given as a gift, as they are considered bad luck. Well, that's if you believe in that sort of stuff.