Why ring in the New Year with one birthday when you can celebrate with two instead?
At least three sets of New Year's twins, each born minutes apart in separate years, will commemorate their first birthdays on or before the start of 2015.
Though it is not uncommon for twins to be delivered minutes or hours apart from each other, resulting in different days of birth, the last recorded difference over a calendar year occurred in 2012. Yet, in the 24 hours between New Year's Eve in 2013 and New Year's Day in 2014, a Mississauga, Ont. mother realized her New Year's celebrations would never be the same.
“Nobody realized we were going to be having babies born in two different years until the babies came out,” said Lindsay Salgueiro, the mother of twin girls born eight minutes and 38 seconds apart, to the Toronto Star. “Everyone at the hospital wanted them to be New Year’s babies, but I just couldn’t hold them in any longer.”
Salgueiro's medical marvel is also shared by Veronica Reed of Abilene, Texas, who insists her twins will have separate first birthday parties.
“They won’t have to celebrate birthdays together," said Reed, to ABC News. "They endured enough just to get here, and have been through enough complications already that they deserve to have their own parties."
However, for the sake of attendance and logistics, Salgueiro says her daughters will blow out the candles of different cakes on the same day. This time around, she tells the Toronto Star the family will postpone their celebrations until Jan. 3. According to CBC News, Salgueiro also hopes the two will be able to share a grade in the future.
The New Year's baby race has remained an annual tradition for decades, with its origins reportedly dating back to 600 B.C.E. But whether this particular New Year's baby boom will continue remains to be seen.
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