Twin siblings from South Dakota born in 2011 and 2012

John Sr. & Jolene Anthony lay claim to having the last baby of 2011 as well as the first baby of 2012 in Rapid City.

We could go buy a lottery ticket right now,” John Anthony said.

Twins don’t run in either parent’s family, and the Anthonys took the double stroke of good fortune as a sign that their family and relationship are on the right track.

{IMAGE COURTESY - Ryan Soderlin/Journal staff} Jolene Anthony, left, holds her daughter, Kylee, while her husband, John Anthony, holds their son, John, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Baby John was the first baby of the new year at the hospital while his sister was the last baby of 2011.

If there’s any sign you could have that you’re with your soul mate,” John Anthony said, “what better sign from God?

John, 29, a car salesman, and Jolene, 26, a store assistant manager, were married almost three years ago. Each has older children, and they had been hoping to have children together. Ultrasounds showed they were having twins, but with a due date of Jan. 20 and a scheduled induction planned for Jan. 9, the couple never expected the babies to arrive with such New Year’s fanfare.

Kylee was born at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, 21 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces while John Jr. was born at 12:03 a.m. Sunday, measuring 19 inches and weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces.

When they grow up, a set of newborn twins in South Dakota will be able to tell people they were born in different years.

Kylee Anthony was born a minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve, and brother John Jr. was born three minutes into 2012, the Rapid City Journal reported.

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  1. I had no idea I was only 4 minutes apart from my brother, this is crazy. I am also 10 now, and in fifth grade.


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