New Year’s Eve
Imagine having a twin, but being born in a different decade to them. Sounds impossible, right? But for this Indiana family, it became a reality on New Year’s Eve last year.
Stay-at-home mom Dawn Gilliam went into labour on December 31st and gave birth to her daughter, Joslyn first, at 11:37 pm. She was the last baby born at Ascension St. Vincent Carmel hospital in 2019. Half an hour later, her twin brother Jaxon followed, being born at 12:07 pm on January 1st – unsurprisingly, the first baby to be born at the hospital in 2020.
To add even more surprise to the story, Dawn, who already has two children aged five and ten, wasn’t due to go into labour until February, but went to hospital along with her partner, Jason Trello, because the couple were worried that there was low fetal movement.
It was no surprise that Joslyn was the first baby to arrive, as she had “been in position for most of the pregnancy”, whereas Jaxon was breech, Dawn said after giving birth. Jason expanded, explaining that they had entertained the idea of the twins having different birthdays, but they never expected different years and different decades.
Twins doing well
Both born weighing under five pounds, they are likely to stay at hospital until their original due date of February 19th but are reportedly doing well and could come home earlier. Dawn imagines that future New Year’s Eve events will be casual family gatherings to celebrate the twins’ respective birthdays, while she will remain a stay-at-home mom to raise her four children.
It’s been an interesting few months for the family. Jason recently quit his job and has started his own business building structures for the entertainment industry. “It’s been a good ride”, he said of everything that’s happened.
As weird as it might be to think that twins can be born in different decades, twenty years ago there were twins who were born either side of the new millennium, being born on December 31st 1999 and January 1st 2000. Do you know any twins born on different years? Let us know!