Eight babies from three generations in one family have left the hospital wearing the same outfit in a tradition dating back to 1959.
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Little Eli Demchak is the most recent infant to wear the two-piece blue suit that his grandfather debuted nearly 60 years ago. Eli sported the look when he entered the world on Nov. 4.
“If I have another boy, I’ll do the same thing,” said Mark Demchak, Eli’s dad and a resident of Wheaton, Illinois. “I’m sure it’ll be passed around again.”
The first to wear outfit was Doug Walton, 59, in 1959, followed by his younger brothers, Brian Walton and Philip Walton.
Doug Walton’s parents were Christian missionaries in the Philippines before he was born and the family believes his father purchased the blue outfit overseas.
In 1992, the tradition continued with the birth of Doug Walton’s first son, Jason. Jason wore the outfit home from the hospital as well.
When Walton’s daughter, Kimberly Demchak, and her husband, Mark Demchak, welcomed their son Eli, the boy became the eighth child to wear the famous blue collared shirt and shorts.
“I was surprised that the outfit was in such great shape after all these years,” Kimberly Demchak told “GMA.” “It’s adorable and I love that so many family members have worn it. We’ll plan to share the outfit with whoever comes next!”
The outfit has even flown to Philadelphia from time to time, so other extended family members could also wear the outfit home from the hospital.
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