Marking country’s last birth of 2017, first of 2018

What are the chances of having twins born in different years?

A set of twins born in California, USA, is the answer to the above question as they were born in different years despite being born only a few minutes apart.

Maria Esperanza Flores Rios, a California mom ended 2017 by welcoming one bundle of joy and then kicked off 2018 by giving birth to his twin sister.

Joaquin Jr. Ontiveros now has a lifetime of “I’m a year older” jokes for his sister after being born at 11:58 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, followed by the birth of Aitana de Jesus Ontiveros at 12:16 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Delano Regional Medical Center in Delano, California.

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Such an occurrence is extremely rare, with the doctor who delivered the twins saying he’d never before seen twins born in different years.

The original due date for mom Maria Esperanza Flores Rios was January 27, so she was happy they both were born healthy after being four weeks premature.

Joaquin Jr. Ontiveros is 18 inches long, weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces, while Aitana de Jesus Ontiveros is 16 1/2 inches long and weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces.

The exhausted mom, who has three other girls ranging in age from 18 to 6, shared her excitement. “I feel really happy because I just had my two babies,” Rios, the twins’ mother, said.

Seyed Tamjidi, the doctor who delivered the babies said it has never happened before in his career of 35 years.

The Delano’s Hospital said Joaquin was the county’s last baby of 2017 and Aitana was the first of 2018.