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New Year's twins born in different years

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JACKSON CO. -- A pair of Southern Illinois twins are getting a lot attention because their New Year's birthdays fall in separate years.  

Becky Carson had no idea she was having twins.

"I was so sick and I couldn't figure out why I was throwing up all the time, said Carson. "I knew I was pregnant and they did the ultrasound and there it was two."

The Ava woman said even after finding out she was pregnant with twins at the end of May....it still took some convincing for her husband Ethan.

"My husband just didn't believe it.  He's like, 'it doesn't run in our family.  Are you sure?'"

But what sets these New Year's babies apart is exactly they were born.

Carson said, "We joked the whole time, like it would be funny having them on two separate days. We didn't think about having them on two separate years."

Ethan drove Becky to Carbondale Memorial Hospital at 4 p.m. on December 31st when her water broke.

Several hours later at 11:18 New Year's Eve, baby Brenna was born.

Then less than an hour, but a year later...

"My contractions sort of slowed down, and ironically they looked over and they were like, 'well, it's already midnight.'  So I did get to give my husband and my newborn Brenna a midnight kiss...and then 22 minutes later, there was miss Lynlee."

But Becky says the evening was also bittersweet.

At around 10:30 New Years Eve Ethan's grandma passed away.  

"It hit us by surprise three weeks ago, she was admitted here.  She had some strokes.  We didn't expect her health to go by that fast.  But the fact that she held on til the day they were born is kind of neat to me."

Becky says the experience of giving birth to twins has been a mixture of emotions, but mostly...

"Overwhelmed. It's enough finding out you're having one, but two.  It's been crazy.  But then, God doesn't give you what you can't handle.  I just think we've been blessed with two."

The twins were born about five weeks premature.  

Right now they're in the intensive care unit  but Becky says they're eating fine and getting better everyday.

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