"It literally took me a day to wrap my head around it," the boys' mom said of their peculiar birth order
Twin boys born in Massachusetts will forever need a few minutes to explain who is older thanks to Daylight Savings Time.
On November 6, Samuel Peterson was born weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces at 1:39 a.m. The birth of his twin brother, Ronan (who weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces), came 31 minutes later – just minutes after the clocks were rolled back one hour.
So, despite the fact that Ronan was born 31 minutes after Samuel, his time of birth was recorded as 1:10 a.m. rather than 2:10 a.m. – making Ronan the “older” twin.
Cape Cod Hospital shared the boys’ remarkable story on Facebook, introducing their birth order conundrum as the “riddle of the day.”
Mom Emily Peterson said her husband was the first to point out that their sons’ birth order would make for a good mind-bender.
“My husband was the first to say it, ‘Here’s a riddle for you!’ ” Emily, 32, told ABC News. “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,’ ” she continued.
While dad Seth Peterson said the rare birth order was “kind of cool,” he admitted he could see some arguments about it in his sons’ futures.
“I personally think it’s kind of cool that one’s ‘older’ and one’s born first,” Peterson who is a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police, said. “Hopefully they’re not going to be fighting over it for the rest of their lives.”
Luckily, the twins will always have big sister, Aubrey, 2, to remind them both that no matter who came first in their birth order, she’ll always be the oldest.