Jaelyn Salgado arrived on New Year's, and her brother Luis was born on New Year's Day

By Alex Heigl
Updated January 02, 2016 05:35 PM
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Credit: Kaiser Permanente San Diego/AP

The only thing keeping Jaeyln and Luis Salgado apart is a year.

The twins were born on either side of the New Year to Maribel and Luis Salgado at San Diego’s Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center. Jaelyn arrived first, at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, and Luis followed on her heels at 12:02 a.m., Jan. 1, 2016. Jaelyn was born at 4 lbs., 15 oz., while Luis weighed in at 5 lbs., 9 oz.

“We were actually watching the clock. We wanted to see if we were one of the first ones,” Luis told NBC San Diego. The family initially had a cesarean section scheduled for Jan. 6, but doctors called Maribel in because one of the babies was in a breech position.

“It’s very unusual and it’s very special,” nurse Lynnette Coetzee told NBC San Diego, “and I haven’t seen it in all my 34 years of nursing.”

Coetzee, in her expert opinion, thinks Jaelyn is “gonna be pulling rank the whole time because she’s gonna be the older one. He’s gonna have a hard time living that down.”

Luis and Jaelyn join 3-year-old Isabella. Maribel Salgado is a cashier at the San Diego International Airport, and Luis is a diesel Mechanic for the United States Navy.