There wasn’t a dry eye in the room on Wednesday when identical twin sisters were reunited for the first time since birth, and the girls’ first day together in New York City was almost as magical.
Audrey Doering of Wisconsin and Gracie Rainsberry of Washington, both 10, took to the streets of the bustling Big Apple after meeting on Good Morning America for the first time since being adopted from China by two different families.
During their day out, the girls learned they have a lot in common.
“We both like to scare pigeons!” Gracie said during a Thursday segment on GMA.
“When we eat, we both get really messy!” Audrey added. “We went to have pancakes after Good Morning America and I had chocolate all over my face.” Gracie chimed in: “Yeah, we both had chocolate all over our face.”
The girls explored Times Square together, went to see School of Rock on Broadway and enjoyed a meal at Planet Hollywood.
Gracie and Audrey quickly garnered national attention thanks to their tear-filled reunion on the ABC show. The two, wearing matching pink tops and black-rimmed glasses, embraced and cried alongside their parents.
“It felt like there was something missing, so now it’s complete,” Audrey said then.
It was Audrey’s mother, Jennifer Doering, who discovered her adoptive daughter has a sister. While researching Audrey’s past, Doering came across a photo of Audrey on the lap of her foster mother — and a nearly identical baby beside her.
“As soon as I had that picture, I was desperate to find out who that other child was,” she told GMA. And she succeeded.
Doering connected with Gracie’s mother, Nicole Rainsberry, on social media and the women decided to have a DNA test performed on the girls. The test confirmed that Gracie and Audrey are identical twins with 100 percent certainty.
Expedia.com has provided the twins with plane tickets so they can spend time together when they return home.