This Indiana Mom Welcomed Twins Born in Different Decades

“We're still kind of speechless.”
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Jan 2020
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This New Year’s Eve, one Indiana couple celebrated by becoming parents to twins—but their twins don’t have the same birthday. Not only were the twins born in different years, they were born in different decades.

Dawn Gilliam and Jason Tello, a couple from Pendleton, Indiana, weren’t expecting their twins until their due date on February 19. But, concerned that she couldn’t feel them moving, Gilliam took a trip to the hospital on New Year’s Eve, local outlet WTHR reports.

In a surprising turn of events, she wound up giving birth that day. According to the outlet, their daughter, Joslyn, was born on December 31 at 11:37 p.m., weighing in at 4 pounds and 11 ounces. Her baby brother, Jaxon, arrived after midnight at 12:07 a.m. on January 1, weighing in at 4 pounds and 5 ounces.

“We’ve known for a while that she was going to be born first,” Gilliam told WTHR. “She’s been in position for most of the pregnancy. Of course, he was breech. So, it took a while for him to come.”

Tello added, "Still kind of overwhelmed. Earlier, we talked about it would be great to have them born on different dates. But here we are with this surprise—different dates, different years. That was definitely interesting for us for sure. We’re still kind of speechless.”

Though the babies may remain in the hospital for the time being, both are healthy and doing well, WTHR reports. The couple, who are also parents to two boys, a 10-year-old and 5-year-old, still can’t believe the newest additions to the family have arrived.

"I guess it doesn’t click that, ‘Wow! We had two babies.’ I’m like, 'Wow! There’s actually two,’” Gilliam told the outlet.

Congrats to the family of six!

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