This new mother has welcomed in the new year with a very special arrival of her baby twins – even though only one was born in 2018.
Maria Flores’ babies were born 20 minutes apart, but due to a quirk of time, the newborns arrived in separate years; 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Joaquin, was born weighing 5lbs 9oz at 11.58pm on 31 December, 2017, while his younger twin sister Aitana arrived at 12.16am on 1 January, 2018, weighing 4lbs 10.8oz.
Amazingly, Joaquin (left) was the last baby to be born in Kern County in 2017 and Aitana (right) was the first baby to be born in Kern County in 2018.
Joaquin and Aitana were actually both due to arrive on 27 January, 2018 and while they’ll be sharing everything else for the rest of their life, they won’t share a birthday – or even a birth year.
Maria and her husband Joaquin, both farm labourers from Earlimart, California, have three other daughters together, but the arrival of their twins was unusual for the parents.
Staff from Delano Regional Medical Centre – who helped deliver Joaquin and Aitana – were so overjoyed by the unique arrival, the new parents will take home $3,000 worth of baby supplies, donated to the hospital by local community groups.
It marks a tradition to gift the parents of the first child born every year with baby supplies.
A spokesman for the hospital told Daily Mail Online both babies and their mother are healthy and ready to go home to Earlimart, a small neighbourhood between Fresno and Santa Barbara, after ‘an emotional night’.
It was definitely a surprise! The whole family feels humbled and blessed and excited. When they realised they were going to be in the hospital over New Year’s Eve, the family planned to celebrate at midnight in the break room.
But then it turned out Maria was in labor, which was a surprise.
The delivering doctor, Seyed Tamjidi, told the Kern Golden Empire:
I’ve been in the practice for almost 30 plus years. I’ve never had the opportunity to do anything like that before.
Even though Tamjidi has never seen the uniquely timed arrivals before, they are not as uncommon as you may think.
On the eve of 2016 turning into 2017, four such twin births were recorded in the US in Georgia, Utah, Arizona and San Diego in California.
The year before, there was a case of twins born in different years, bizarrely, also in San Diego.
Meanwhile, twins Marcia and Millie Biggs from Birmingham, who were born with different skin tones are set to start secondary school soon.
The eleven-year-olds were born on the same day from the same mother, but look very different with Millie being darker-skinned with black hair, and Marcia being lighter-skinned with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Marcia inherited her mother’s fair complexion and golden brown hair while Millie takes after her dad Michael who is of Jamaican origin.
The odds of a mixed race couple having one white and one black twin are a million to one, as skin colour is believed to be determined by up to seven different genes working together.
These twins are a little baby miracle – as are Joaquin and Aitana.
Congratualtions to Maria and her husband!
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.