Rare time-twist birth has internet debating ‘which baby twin is older?’

the peterson family and twins

Baby Samuel was born at 1.39 am and his brother Ronan arrived 31 minutes later. Perplexingly, baby Ronan is officially the older of the two. Wait, what?! Here’s how.

Tiny time travellers

Samuel and Ronan are the fresh baby boys of Emily and Seth Peterson, of Cape Cod in the US.

The twins were born a little while ago, on 6th November. Not only was it a great day for time-defying twins, it was the final day of Daylight Savings Time in the region.

Tiny Samuel made his triumphant appearance first, at 1.39am. By the time Ronan arrived 31 minutes after Samuel, Daylight Savings Time had ended and the clock was moved back one hour.

This meant that Samuel was born first, but Ronan is ‘older‘, as the clock tells it (and as his birth certificate tells it too!)

*brain explodes*

Second, yet older (and bigger too!)

Let’s go over this again.

First-born Samuel arrived at 1.39am in the early hours of 6th November. He weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces.

Second born Ronan arrived 31 minutes after Samuel – but the clocks were turned back an hour once the clock hit 2am.

This meant Ronan’s official birth time was 1.10am, also on 6th November.

Ronan weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces making not only older, but bigger, despite his second-born status.

Doctor Who?

The twins were born at Cape Cod Hospital where their parents and hospital staff laughed about the unusual timing and possible future brotherly stoushes.

Dad Seth has apparently predicted some kind of Tardis-inspired force would come into play.

“I said earlier that night that they were either going to be born on two different days or the time change was going to come into play,” Seth told Cape Cod Healthcare.

It is not known if Doctor Who was on staff at the facility.


Doctor Who David Tennant

Did somebody say ‘tardis?’

Time loop?

The babies’ mum, Emily Peterson spoke to ABC News about her amazing time-glitch twins.

“My husband was the first to say it, ‘Here’s a riddle for you! It literally took me a day to wrap my head around it. I didn’t realize it was quite that big of a deal until my nurse turned around and said ‘I’ve been working here 40 years and haven’t seen anything like that.'”

Hospital staff are legally compelled to record the actual time of birth, even if the time has just ‘changed’ as it did in this case.


Miss Peregrine Time Loop

Much time loop. Many minutes. All of the ticking.

Ronan and Samuel are now safely at home with their big sister, 2-year-old Aubrey and apparently have not shape-shifted or summoned up any Miss Peregrine-esque time loops, as yet.

Mum Emily hopes their brain-twisting birth times do not result in a life-time of squabbling about who is older.

“I personally think it’s kind of cool that one’s ‘older’ and one’s born first. Hopefully they’re not going to be fighting over it for the rest of their lives,” she said.


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