They were delivered just eight minutes apart, yet Gabriela was born in 2013 and Sophia in 2014.
The newborn twins from Mississauga, Ontario, near Toronto, have different birth dates and years after their mother, Lindsay Salgueiro, delivered them within minutes of each other on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Gabriela was the first to arrive at 11:52 p.m. on Dec. 31. Her sister Sophia was born 38 seconds after midnight on Jan. 1, Mississauga.com reports.
“They are getting all the attention,” Salgueiro told CTV News. “They were the last baby here in the hospital to be (born) for the year and the first one of the year also.”
The fraternal twins were born at Credit Valley Hospital. Their arrival came as a surprise since Salgueiro’s due date was Jan. 19. “I’m so relieved that I got my belly out of the way and I’m back to normal now,” she said.
The twins were born into a large family – with two brothers under the age of six. Salgueiro expects the holidays to be an even busier time. "Our New Years are never going to be the same again," she said.
Salgueiro said she expected both babies to be born on New Year’s Eve.
"When Gabriela had come out they were trying to get Sophia out in 2013 so they would be the same year, but the position Sophia was in wouldn't allow her to come out," she said.
Salgueiro said the babies are healthy and doing well. The Canadian twins aren't the only ones to be born in different years. In Washington, D.C., a woman gave birth to twins three minutes apart -- one at 11:58 p.m. Tuesday and the other at at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
Despite being born within seconds of the new year, Sophia is not the first baby of 2014 in the Toronto area. Two babies born at exactly midnight in Toronto are tied for that title.
Across the border, a baby born one second after midnight was personally given a name by the Dalai Lama, the New York Daily News reports. The healthy baby girl born at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens is named Tenzin Choetso. Her parents, Metok Dolma and Dorjee Choetso, who are practicing Tibetan Buddhists – called the Dalai Lama’s secretary who asked His Holiness to suggest a name.
The couple, who met at a New Year’s Eve party in 2008, says the holiday will hold even greater meaning in years to come.
“It’s very special night for us,” Choetso said. “This baby is a blessing for the new year.”