Twins born minutes apart in two years

Posted January 1, 2011

— An Alamance County couple got a surprise to start the new year – a set of twins born two minutes apart but in different years.

New parents Christy and Marlin Alston told WFMY that son Ashton Parker was born at 11:58 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2010 at Duke Hospital. His twin sister, Alisha Rae, came two minutes later – right at midnight as 2011 began.

The twins' aunt, Keona Alston, said that their mother was 33 weeks along in her pregnancy and didn't expect to give birth so soon.

Alisha weighed 3 pounds 10 ounces, and Ashton weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces, hospital spokeswoman Mary Jane Gore said.

The first baby at WakeMed in Raleigh came soon after, said spokeswoman Keicha Berzins.

Karrie Walker gave birth to a son, Silas Valdez Walker, at 12:39 a.m. Silas weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces.

Silas is Karrie and Joseph Walker's first child.

N.C. parents welcome first babies of 2011 N.C. parents welcome first babies of 2011

"It was actually a fairly long labor. We were pretty sure he would have been on the 31st," said Joseph Walker. "Then, at the last minute, he took a different direction, just barely after the year."

The couple is originally from New York, but moved to the Triangle three years ago. His parents told WRAL News that Silas will be raised a Carolina fan.

Rex Hospital in Raleigh also celebrated its first delivery of the new year: a boy born at 2:47 a.m.

Lucas Enchang Tang became the first baby born at Rex Healthcare Women's Center in 2011. He is the son of Zhou Zhang and Youhua Tang.

“Each and every birth at Rex is worthy of celebration, but not every baby can hold the title of first baby of the year born at Rex,” Susan O'Dell, director of Women's, Children's and Specialty Services, said in a statement. “It’s a privilege to welcome Lucas into the world.”


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  • momee Jan 7, 2011

    regardless of a c-section.. It was not planned. Read the article! They were not expected to be born so soon.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jan 4, 2011

    Congradulations Marlin & Christy! I went to school with them. High school sweethearts & proof that young love can last a lifetime. I had no idea that their babies made the news! Glad I came across this story. The babies are beautiful!!!

  • firemanteacher Jan 4, 2011

    Even though the twins were delivered by C-section, I think it kind of neat about their birthdays. I have 2 children,a girl & a boy. Their birthdays are on Feb. 27 & Feb. 28 respectfully and they are 2 years apart. Both delivered naturally. I know what kind of comments & glances they will get when doctor offices and such see both birthdays.
    Congrats to family on the twins birth.

  • Pickupabook Jan 4, 2011

    It'd be neater if the kids were born via natural delivery, but I've read that these twins were delivered via C-section. What's to say docs didn't watch the clock and plan that out just to have something to talk about? Makes it a lot less of a big deal to me when looking at it from that angle.

  • oleguy Jan 3, 2011

    Its neat, However its gonna start a very long confusing delimna, Twins have been born at midnight for years but a attending staff has always kept them in the same day.
    Lets pretend we did but dont, Or do it and pretend we didnt

  • mochabrown Jan 3, 2011

    This is too sweet; just adorable.

  • FromClayton Jan 3, 2011

    i love this story!