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Daylight-Saving Causes Twin Arrival Pickle

Posted November 6, 2007

— Everyone knows the pecking order in a family has everything to do with age. The oldest sibling usually rules the roost. But what if you get cheated out of the title because of Daylight Saving Time?

Peter Sullivan Cirioli was dubbed "Baby A" at WakeMed Cary when he arrived early Sunday morning.

“Yes, Peter was born first, it was at 1:32 a.m.,” mother Laura Cirioli said.

Thirty-four minutes later, Peter's twin sister, Allison Raye Cirioli, known as "Baby B," made her entrance into the world.

Because of Daylight Saving Time, Allison's time of birth was 1:06 a.m., which makes her 26 minutes older than her brother even though he was born first.

“We just never even thought about it until after he was born and then we realized it was going to happen. It was really kind of amazing,” Laura Cirioli said.

The proud mother and father said they don't really care who was born first, they are just glad to have two healthy babies. They do suspect the daylight savings predicament will be fodder for sibling rivalry.

“We'll let them work that out between themselves. I don't want to get into the middle of it,” Jason Cirioli said.

Peter and Allison were expected to leave the hospital Tuesday night.


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  • CantTrustV Nov 7, 2007

    What difference will this make on their birthday?

  • copperbeech Nov 7, 2007

    Makes for interesting natal charts...

  • IzzMad2016 Nov 7, 2007

    "And this never would have occured if the Bush Admin. did not change the dates for DST."

    So if DST had not been moved back a week the assumption is that this Baby A/Baby B scenario would not have happened because no one was going to be birthing multiples on the "original" date? Ridiculous....not to mention an incredibly lame swipe at the President.

  • 12345_here Nov 7, 2007

    Nothing to see here.

    Peter was born at 1:32 A.M EDT, or 12:32 A.M EST
    Allison was born at 2:06 A.M EDT, or 1:06 A.M EST

    It is no comptetion about who was born first, only the frame of reference of the observer which was in EDT and then EST.

  • JennaRink Nov 7, 2007

    cherylhayward - The official time for the first was 1:32, then the 2nd came 34 minutes later, which would be 2:06. Since the clocks go back at 2:00, the "official" birth time was listed at 1:06. They said that makes baby #2 "26 minutes older" than the baby #1. SO CONFUSING - but cute story!! It will be their life's "novelty"...

  • amypsychrn Nov 7, 2007

    Yes, Nurses work an extra hour just like everyone else that works a night shift in a 24 your facility. Cute story. I hate the time change also!

  • anneonymousone Nov 7, 2007

    When I divide my students into two teams for a Jeopardy!-esque competition, I call them "Team 1" and "the A Team." One group is able to chant "We're Number One! We're Number One!," while the other gets the 1980s theme song, and no one feels they've started out behind anyone else. Yes, I know it's goofy.

    I've read a blog where a woman lovingly refers to her sons as "Thing One" and "Thing Two" (I was a little taken aback until I remembered the characters from _The Cat in the Hat_, after whom she had nicknamed her boys). Maybe these parents will have "Thing One" and "Thing A."

  • misslisa200723 Nov 7, 2007

    Just another confusion to add to the world!

  • Z Man Nov 7, 2007

    This is so cool - and it will stay with these twins the rest of their lives!

  • sjb2k1 Nov 7, 2007

    Next thing you know we'll see a headline "Plane crashes on Border of US & Canada: Survivor burial at issue" or "A Doctor's Son Injured in Automobile Accident: Doctor Not Son's Father-Mystery Deepens" LOL(!!!) at Tyrhone.

    And yeah, if you came out first, you ARE first. The end.