It's a New Year's miracle! A set of twins in Delano, California, were born just 20 minutes apart — but in different years, months, and days.
Little Joaquin and Aitana de Jesus Ontiveros were due to arrive on Saturday, January, 27, but the pair surprised their mother Maria by sending her into premature labor at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve. According to 23ABC, the first twin, named Joaquin after his father, was born at exactly 11:58 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017, weighing just five pounds and nine ounces. The second twin, Aitana, was born on Monday, January 1, 2018, at 12:16 a.m. She weighed four pounds and 10 ounces, and is believed to be the very first baby born in Kern County, California, in 2018. How special!
Look at these beautiful babies! This set of twins was born in Delano last night. Big brother was born in 2017. Little sister was born in 2018! Congrats to the parents! 👶🏻👶🏻— Jessica Harrington (@Jessica23ABC) January 1, 2018
Aitana de Jesus Ontiveros - 12:16 am. Joaquin - 11:58 pm. pic.twitter.com/de1otp0iqv
"It was definitely a surprise! The whole family feels humbled and blessed and excited," a spokesman for Delano Regional Medical Center told the The Daily Mail. "When they realized 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."
Although the twins will most likely share play time, mealtime, and bedtime, they'll never share the same birthdate — which is something they'll probably be pretty happy about once they're in their teens.
In addition to receiving a New Year's miracle, Maria and her husband also received more than $3,000 worth of baby supplies, including a high chair and a few boxes of Pampers, that was donated to the hospital by local community groups. What a nice way to start off the New Year!