- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 2, 2016

A pair of San Diego twins were born just minutes apart on New Year’s Eve, but they share completely different birthdays.

The first, Jaelyn Valenicia was born at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2015, and her twin brother Luis Valencia Jr. was born at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016, a local ABC affiliate reported.

The twins’ father, Luis Valencia, said their birth was a huge surprise and a blessing.

“I was not really expecting two, so it’s a big blessing to have two of them, boy and a girl for New Year’s,” he said.

The twins were also born a month early. Mr. Valencia said his wife was expected to give birth at the end of January, but their doctor called them in to the San Diego Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center Thursday afternoon and said they needed to deliver the twins as soon as possible because his wife had some complications.

Mr. Valencia said his son was breeched, meaning the baby was facing feet first in the womb. Such positioning makes labor and birthing very difficult and usually results in a cesarean section.

The family had scheduled a cesarean section for Jan. 6, but the babies decided to come earlier than expected, NBC reported.

After several hours of labor, Mr. Valencia’s wife gave birth to the two healthy babies, ending 2015 and ringing in 2016 on a high note.

Mr. Valencia said their unusual birth will mean many back-to-back birthday parties in the years to come.

“[Maribel] really wanted to have the babies on the same birthday because you know later on in the years, they’re going to have a little confrontation and be like, ‘my birthday came first,’ so it means two birthday parties, back to back,” he said, a NBC reported.

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