Toddler time in Tampa

The Tampa Tiny Tots enjoyed forming a circle recently during their first get-together. They are (clockwise from top of photo) Brennon, son of Brandi Brill and Aaron Barney; Kollin, son of Leann and Phillip Klenda; Konnor, son of Karen and Kacey Nickel; Colt, son of Megan and Ross Stuchlik; Camdyn son of Jessica and Andrew Hajek; Benjamin, son of Catarina and David Rziha; and Canon, son of Shaina and Cody Schafer.
The Tampa Tiny Tots enjoyed forming a circle recently during their first get-together. They are (clockwise from top of photo) Brennon, son of Brandi Brill and Aaron Barney; Kollin, son of Leann and Phillip Klenda; Konnor, son of Karen and Kacey Nickel; Colt, son of Megan and Ross Stuchlik; Camdyn son of Jessica and Andrew Hajek; Benjamin, son of Catarina and David Rziha; and Canon, son of Shaina and Cody Schafer.
What?s the probability of seven baby boys being born in a seven-month period to seven different mothers?

Plus consider all the babies being born in Tampa with a population of less than 200 people and the odds of it happening could be astronomical.

Known as the ?Tampa Tiny Tots,? Camdyn, Kollin, Colt, Canon, Konnor, Brennon and Benjamin even have similar sounding names.

One of the mothers, Shaina Schafer, said it was ?kind of crazy? how the names turned out.

?Almost everyone had pretty much kept them quiet, so the name would be a surprise,? she said.

Adding to this unique scenario, Schafer said she and the other mothers are all good friends.

?We all live within about five miles of each other,? she said, ?and once we all knew we were pregnant, we started talking about it with each other all the time.?

Schafer said the mothers would talk about due dates, and whether they were going to find out the baby?s gender.

?We talked about different things we were experiencing that others happened to be going through at the same time.?

They also asked each other, she said, about who they were doctoring with, where they planned to go to have their baby and the color/theme of the baby?s room after birth.

Another noteworthy fact, Schafer said, is other than these seven babies, there are no others this age in the Tampa area.

?No girls this age either,? she said.

Getting together

After the babies were all born and old enough to be out and about, Schafer said she sent texts to everyone and asked if there was an evening that worked for them.

?We had to reschedule twice, but the third time we tried to get together, it worked,? she said. ?It was on a (recent) Sunday afternoon and everyone came to my house.?

Of the seven moms, only two, Catarina Rziha and Karen Nickel, have other children, she said.

?It was the first child for the rest of us.?

Schafer said her parents were first-time grandparents as were parents of Leann Klenda, Brandi Brill and Jessica Hajek.

Camdyn?s grandmother, Carla Hajek, said she feels sorry for every bird around Tampa when the little boys get BB guns.

?It is such a fun thing,? Hajek said about the boys being so close in age.

Schafer said: ?We all sat around and talked for awhile just to get the boys acquainted with each other in the living room.?

For the photo, she said, all the babies laid down on Canon?s Kansas City Royals blanket.

?They all pretty much stayed there,? she said. ?They wiggled and rolled a little and there was a lot of cooing and jabbering going on, but enough for pictures.?

The two oldest boys were in the middle of the picture with the younger five surrounding them.

?It was as if they were protecting the young ones or teaching them how to sit up,? she said.

Close pregnancies

According to Schafer, only she and Leann talked to each other about getting pregnant.

?We were ready to start a family about the same time,? she said. ?We were each about the first person that the other had told after we found out we were pregnant and we happened to be due the same day.?

Turned out, though, that Schafer and her husband?s child, Canon, came eight weeks early.

Future plans

Schafer said she thinks all the boys will be going to Centre School.

?They will be growing up together through sports (and other activities),? she said.

As for Mother?s Day or other events, Schafer said they really haven?t planned anything.

?We have talked about maybe doing an annual picture until school,? she said, ?and doing a picture just like this again when they are high school seniors.?

Another hurdle for the mothers and babies is that all of them are busy.

?Getting seven of us together might be a little too crazy to do often,? she said.

?Leann, Brandi and I have husbands who play on a men’s summer softball league, so we will see each other every Sunday through August.?