Twins born in separate years, by parents' choice
January 3rd, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Twins born in separate years, by parents' choice

If Madisen Carin Lewis ever starts teasing her twin brother by claiming to be a calendar year older than him, the boy will have his parents and his mother's doctor to blame.

The twins were intentionally delivered on different sides of the 2010/2011 divide by cesarean section in a Rockford, Illinois, hospital after a complication led a doctor to determine they needed to be born a month early, CNN affiliate WREX reported.

Madisen was born with one minute left in 2010 on Friday night, and her brother, Aiden Everette Lewis, was delivered seconds after midnight.

Their due date was January 28, but a doctor recommended an early C-section because of the complication, WREX reported. That gave the parents, Ashley Fansler and Brandon Lewis, the opportunity to choose to deliver the babies in different years.

"[The doctor] said, 'You know, if we wanted to deliver one this year and then one next year, we could do that if … everything is open," Brandon Lewis told WREX. "We decided to do it that way, and everything worked out."

Aiden was Rockford's first baby born in 2011, the Rockford Register Star reported.

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  1. sneed

    smh i thot this was abt twins

    January 4, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. es

    silly, could have taken two tax exemptions in 2010 and 2011, what were they thinking 🙂

    January 4, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. bambam

    I am from the south and I am gay. Leave me alone.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. teeter

    What a dumb thing to do. Those kids are stuck with that story the rest of their lives. They'll get tired of telling it by age 5.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Airtel

    Nice story!!!

    January 4, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. looneybin

    If you read Freakonomics, Leavitt and Dubner write about the economics of baby names and how popular names work their way down the socioeconomic scale. "Madison" and "Aiden" were very popular among the American elite in the 90s and early 00s, and it's clear that the names have finally made their way down to the bottom of the ladder.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    I know a set of twins who were botn on different days and they LOVED it. They were able to each celebrate their own day and don't have to share it since they share everything else. Some of you are just disgusting with your comments.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KB

    I feel bad for the one who's birthday will be New Year's Day. His sister will be partying it up on New Year's Eve, and he'll be spending every birthday with a bunch of hungover friends who don't feel like going out.

    January 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      A good point 😛

      January 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. king_pookie

    Dis is my first time hearing about this...i see it lik dis...she waited 9 whole long ass months for them kids to be born...y wat another year to have da other one? either they got a iq of 10 or they're jus plan retarted...i got a lil gurl on da way n da way my babys ma act i knw damn well she wouldn wait no damn 12 extra months to have her...n sum of u ppl on here r um...dingy

    January 6, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • whatttt

      No, she waited 8 months. They were born prematurely.

      January 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karly174

    tht is sooooo cool!!!!! when i grow up and have kids thts wht i want to happen!!!! they r a sooo lucky to have such AWESOME parents!!!!!!!!! congrates to u both!!!! they r very amazin kids!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mkey

    I wonder which will be more ticked off at these donuts for brains parents- the one who starts first grade at age 5 or the one who has to wait another whole year to start at age 6. Nice going numnuts!

    January 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kandice

      Actually they will still be in the same class. Illinois has a Sept 1st cut off date so they will both be 6 by Sept 1st.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sydneytaylor0

    Has anyone given a thought to the fact that these children will start school in different years? I wonder how much of a laugh there will be when one has to be left behind for another year?! Not much forethought, I don't think.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      They wouldn't start school in different years. Why do you think that? In the US, starting school is based on age and birthday, but the cut off is usually in August-October, not by actual year. Kids who turn 5 or are very close to it at the beginning of a school year go to kindergarten. Obviously, both of these babies will turn five before the same school year.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lola

    Hope they never want to play hockey. One twin will be the youngest in his age division every other year. A good hockey family would have had both born on the 1st. Every other year, they would be in separate hockey levels. Ya think of this with 5 hockey players!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. mmnope

    Nice hat on the dad. Pack are gonna take it all this year!!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DPE

    That's a costly novelty. I would have taken the tax deduction benefit and had them both delivered in 2010.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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