South Dakota twins born in different yearsRAPID CITY, S.D. – When they grow up, a set of newborn twins in South Dakota will be able to tell people they were born in different years. Kylee Anthony was born a minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve, and brother John Jr. was born three minutes into 2012.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – When they grow up, a set of newborn twins in South Dakota will be able to tell people they were born in different years.
Kylee Anthony was born a minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve, and brother John Jr. was born three minutes into 2012.
Parents John Sr. and Jolene Anthony lay claim to having the last baby of 2011 as well as the first baby of 2012 in Rapid City.
“We could go buy a lottery ticket right now,” John Anthony said.
John, 29, a car salesman, and Jolene, 26, a store assistant manager, were married nearly three years ago. Each has older children, and they had been hoping to have children together. Ultrasounds showed they were having twins, but with a due date of Jan. 20 and a scheduled induction planned for Jan. 9, the couple never expected the babies to arrive with such New Year’s fanfare.
Kylee was born at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, 21 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces. John Jr. was born at 12:03 a.m. Sunday, measuring 19 inches and weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces.
Twins don’t run in either parent’s family, and the Anthonys took the double stroke of good fortune as a sign that their family and relationship are on the right track.
“If there’s any sign you could have that you’re with your soul mate,” John Anthony said, “what better sign from God?”
In neighboring Minnesota, another set of twins was born in separate years: Beckett and Freya Humenny were born at 6:40 p.m. New Year’s Eve and 12:26 a.m. New Year’s Day, respectively.
The nurses at Hennepin County Medical Center threw confetti to celebrate the new year and the extraordinary birth event.
“It was a party when she came out,” said their mom, Stephanie Peterson, 30, of Wayzata, Minn. There will come a time, she said, when Beckett will probably tease his sister that she’s a year a younger, but “I’m excited that they will have two birthdays.”