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Florida Twins Arrive 1 Minute, 1 Year Apart

It’s not that uncommon for twins to be born on different days, but not too many twins can say that they were born in different years. The Bear twins can.

New Years Twins Arrive 1 minute, I year apart

Jenna, born at 6 pounds, 15 ounces was born at 11:59 on New Year’s Eve. Leah was born at 6 pounds, 4 ounces and she was born as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day.

“The chances of this happening are very slim,” their mother Jocelyn Bear stated. “It’s amazing. It’s a great way to end the previous year and to start the New Year.”

Father, Blake Bear, just says that he is happy that the twins are healthy. In just a few more days, the twins will head home to join their 18-month-old sister, Natalie.

“This symbolizes a growing, loving family,” Blake stated. “This is the best we can hope for.”

But the family isn’t alone in their celebration. Attending physician, Kiran Rao, said that this is his first New Year’s delivery. He usually works Christmas.

Rao also stated that things might have gone differently if Leah hadn’t been breech.

“It’s just a happy coincidence. If Leah had been head first, they would have gotten two tax write-offs instead of one,” he said.

So was the birth timed? Rao says he had given it some thought, but that was about it.

“We just went about our business and it all kind of fell into place,” he stated.

Planned or not, the Bear family is very happy to have the wonderful new additions to their family.

Jocelyn says she can already see the difference in the girls. She says that Jenna is “a little calmer” than her baby sister Leah and Jenna’s cheeks are definitely chubbier. “I guess now we’re the five Bears,” she added.

Congratulations to the Bear family as they ring in the New Year with their beautiful baby girls!

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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done.

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