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SI Live: 2/22/2016

Posted Date: 2/25/2016
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — They say good things come in pairs.

Numerology experts claim the number two, the "most feminine of all numbers," is the number of Eve, the first woman — and symbolizes all kinds of partnerships.

For sisters Piera Santoro and Maria Cipriani, the numeral will forever hold distinction and pretty much translates into all of the above.

Piera, who calls Prince's Bay home, was due to have her leap year baby Feb. 29. But Monday morning, her new bundle of love had other ideas. 

Piera was admitted into labor and delivery at Richmond University Medical Center,  the morning of Feb. 22 — or 2/22.

Her sister Maria, a Great Kills resident, was due to deliver her baby March 2 — a day with another 2.

However, when Maria visited her sister in Richmond University Medical Center yesterday afternoon, her contractions began. She was subsequently taken to Triage at the West Brighton health care facility, and learned she was officially in labor. Four hours later, her baby made her debut into the world.

Arianna was born to Piera and John Santoro, at 11 a.m. She weighed in at 6 pounds 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. The Santoro's are also the parents of a second child: John Lucas, 2.

Maria and Frank Cipriani's  bundle of love, Michael, tipped the scales at 6 pounds 14 ounces, at 8 p.m., also measuring 20.5 inches. This is the third baby for the couple following the births of Giuliana, 5 and Joseph 3.

"It was an experience and definitely a tale to tell the babies when they get older," And we're excited that they will go through everything together," Piera said. "The experience has been amazing."

Obstetrician, Dr. Alecia Giovinazzo, our original source, couldn't be more delighted to have delivered the new cousins — as well as the good news.

Turns out that after Piera gave birth she was taken to a private room. But soon after the birth of her new niece, she relocated to a room that could be shared by both sisters.

"The babies will be almost like twins," said Piera.

Maria, who lost her voice temporarily because of all the excitement, points out that in the photos they've taken of the babies so far, the cuties certainly look like twins.

Piera, 32, is a vice president of sales for a manufacturing company in New Jersey and Maria, 35, is a stay at home mom.

The sisters' parents, Salvina and Giuseppe Tripolone, also reside in Prince's Bay.

The maternal grandparents, Italians who immigrated from Messina, Sicily, were pen pals before meeting and marrying in Brooklyn.

Word is nonna and nonno are unusually quiet. 

Piera says" "I think they're still in shock."