Twins, with different birthdays, do you know any?

(53 Posts)

I know lots of twins with the same birthday.
I think it would be great if they had separate birthdays, born before and after midnight.
Do you know any? wonder how rare it is?

GuffSmuggler Wed 14-Aug-13 20:38:38

Yes I do. The mum actually thinks it's a pain and does a joint birthday anyway. They are only 2 though so I guess they will appreciate it more when they grow up.

ZenGardener Wed 14-Aug-13 20:39:47

I almost had this. I was having an induction and the doctor started panicking as there was a high probability of them having different birthdays but we continued on and DS1 was eventually born at 12:25am and DS2 at 12:45am.

I'm glad now because I think DS2 would hate having to wait an extra day for his birthday. They enjoy celebrating together.

GuffSmuggler Wed 14-Aug-13 20:41:13

Why would the doctor panic about them having different birthdays? confused

Bowlersarm Wed 14-Aug-13 20:41:25

There must be some mustn't there OP?

I hadn't thought if that before, but find it fascinating that siblings born within twelve months of each other could be in the same school year but not twins. There must be quite a few if those I would have thought.

Also if your hypothetical twins were born just before midnight on 31st August and the second one ten minutes later, on 1st September, they would be different school years?

I assume they would be put in the same school year.

I would still do a joint party. But I think it would be better and they'd get treated more like individuals with separate birthdays.

That's interesting bowlersarm, I wonder if that has ever happened?

mrsyattering Wed 14-Aug-13 20:44:10

my dad and his brother it was 65 years ago although birth cert says 30 Nov for both??? dont know how they got away with that? They always have celebrated together

TallulahBetty Wed 14-Aug-13 20:45:17

I know siblings that aren't twins but born within 11 months of each other so in the same school year. I think the traditional name was Irish twins? confused

AtYourCervix Wed 14-Aug-13 20:47:04

I have uncles with 2 days between their birthdays.

Poor granny.

GuffSmuggler Wed 14-Aug-13 20:48:17

Yes I've heard the phrase Irish twins for siblings under a year apart.

I knew 2 sisters EXACTLY a year apart so had the same birthday but one a year older, how mad is that?!

2 days! Wow!
Yes your poor gran sad

Two of my brothers, not twins have the same birthday

NachoAddict Wed 14-Aug-13 20:52:55

That must have been some labour to be two days apart.

I think I read somewhere about twins where one came early but thwy managed to keep the other in so they were born weeks if not months apart.

SoulTrain Wed 14-Aug-13 20:55:52

I went out with a bloke once who had two daughters that were in the same school year but not twins. One born in the September one the following August.


WhoNickedMyName Wed 14-Aug-13 20:56:12

I know of someone whose second twin was born at 3 minutes past midnight. The doctor and midwives agreed that the clock in the room was 4 minutes fast wink.

Hassled Wed 14-Aug-13 20:56:56

My oldest two, not twins, have birthdays a day apart, one of which is also the birthday of their father. It's a busy time of year grin.

ivykaty44 Wed 14-Aug-13 20:57:16

Nachoaddict - I have heard similar but it was in the winter and one in december and one in jan the following year

AtYourCervix Wed 14-Aug-13 20:58:20

I think labour just stopped, then started again. I'd love to know details though. Like, did the first cord just dangle for 48 hours or did she deliver the first placenta before the sceond baby.

Honkyponk Wed 14-Aug-13 20:59:38

There was a documentary on channel four a while back, featuring a woman who had twins and then triplets straight after, and they are all I'm the same school year! The most crazy thing was she didn't know she was pregnant with the triplets until she went into labour. The mind boggles!

My dad and my auntie have the same birthday, 3 years between them

Gruntfuttocks Wed 14-Aug-13 21:02:17

Wow, I have Irish twins then - never heard it called that before! We have 'funny fortnight' every year when they are the same age.

BikeRunSki Wed 14-Aug-13 21:02:44

I went to uni with girl twins whose birthdays were 30 Nov and 1 Dec, they were born 20 mins apart.

Also, the eldest and youngest people in my year at school were sisters, Sept and Aug birthdays.

The founders of my school were sisters with the same birthday 2 years apart.
and a friend's DH is a twin who was born 5 hours later and IN A DIFFERENT hospital (but think on the same day)

chickensaladagain Wed 14-Aug-13 21:03:24

Dd's teacher is an identical twin with a different birthday to her birthday

Not sure when they celebrate though?

it has happened that twins have ended up in different school years.... .i think i read it on here?
not sure what happened though, i am presuming they got them both in at the same time eventually

cathpip Wed 14-Aug-13 21:05:54

My twin was delivered at 11.53pm and I arrived at 11.55pm, so very close!smile

cottoncandy Wed 14-Aug-13 21:07:01

My grandma and my great aunt were twins born either side of midnight. My great aunt never let my gran forget she was a day younger!

Nacho, that's really interesting!

Whonicked, why did they do that? Was it what the parents wanted?

Honky, I'm always amazed at people that don't know they're pregnant but triplets? Really?

There are lots of shared birthdays in my family, my brothers, that I mentioned upthread. My nan and (her son) my uncle, my two cousins (brothers), my sister and my aunt.

Vajazzler Wed 14-Aug-13 21:07:41

A few years ago there was an article in the paper about a family with twins who were born one day apart but on 30th August and 1st September and they were fighting the LEA to allow them to go into the sane school year as the LEA wanted to split them!

Vajazzler Wed 14-Aug-13 21:07:54

Same not sane lol

Here one born 31st Aug and 1st Sept.

lastnightidreamt Wed 14-Aug-13 21:10:21

My twin cousins have different birthdays, but just for an added twist, they are 28th and 29th February.

I suppose that made it easier with parties, they had to share them 3 years out of 4 anyway!

andadietcoke Wed 14-Aug-13 23:40:29

Really interested to hear about the twins either side of 1st September. I'm now booked for an ELCS on 29th August but wondered what would happen!

There was a story in the daily fail
recently about twins that were born 12 weeks apart. The first twin was very premature and then labour stopped and the mother was able to carry the second twin to more or less term before being induced. Amazing.

GW297 Wed 14-Aug-13 23:46:30

I've read in the paper about twins being placed in different school years in the past.

There are loads of siblings born in the same school year who are not twins,

jellybeans Wed 14-Aug-13 23:46:49

I know only one set who have different birthdays. They are about 5. One born just before and one just after midnight.

zipzap Wed 14-Aug-13 23:55:51

There were some twins born a few years ago locally that were on the news because they were born before and after midnight - 31 August and 1st September. Which means that although they were only minutes/hours (can't remember!) they would have ended up in different school years.

gulp - imagine the complications that would cause! Although I bet the psychologists would love it as it would provide a great naturally-occurring case study, of identical twins being brought up in pretty much identical conditions apart from starting school a year apart. confused

Apparently the school thing was one of the first things one of the nurses said to her - just what you want to worry about in your first few minutes after giving birth to twins!!!

The newspapers got hold of the story and that led to them asking the local council what they would do - think the council came back and said that as it was such a unique case they would look at the case on its own merits when the time came...

Don't think they would be old enough to have started school yet - haven't ever seen any follow up on the news.

Amazing what trivial bits of news stick with you years down the line and yet the important things I do want to remember - don't!

zipzap Wed 14-Aug-13 23:57:49

oops. started typing previous post ages ago and got distracted - so posted without checking how the thread had moved on blush so cross posted with lots of people.

Glad to see that lots of other people remember trivial twin news stories too grin

cjdamoo Wed 14-Aug-13 23:58:14

My friend has twins born naturally at 11.56 pm and 12.20 am :D I have a set of "irish twins" 11 months apart and ds 2 aged 11 shares his birthday with dd aged 2. Five kids 4 of whose birthdays are all in an 8 week period. Family planning is not my strong point.

LazyMonkeyButler Thu 15-Aug-13 00:01:35

I don't know them as such, but in the city I live in, twins were born either side of midnight on 31st December 1999/1st January 2000. Different days, different years, different millenniums!

Wow, love this thread. Particularly like the 'nah, clock's wrong!' birth certificate writing grin

A lady on my multiples antenatal thread had hers on different days.

Mine were a grand total of one minute apart, so no danger!

Foundapound Thu 15-Aug-13 00:16:39

There was a set off twins born not only days apart, but in different counties, from the island of Scarp, in the Western Isles. Mother was shipped off to Stornoway or Inverness, can't remember which, after the first was born and she was in difficulties. In 1920s or so. Think you can google it, but not able to where I am!

Randomkath Tue 20-Aug-13 19:13:29

I nearly did, t1 at 11:36 t2 at 11:52pm. Was clock watching and pushing like mad! I think it would be pain and also probably cause arguments over them feeling fairly treated.

BunglesBestie Tue 20-Aug-13 19:30:52

i have two singletons who will be in the same school year,

Dd is 2nd September
DS is 8th August

Very weird!

harrygracejessica Sat 24-Aug-13 00:29:57

My friend has twins born on different days :-) they have just turned 2.

PollyPlummer Mon 26-Aug-13 23:21:18

Did anyone watch the meet the multples documentary, where a family had twins and triplets in the same school year.
The Mum didn't even know she was pregnant with triplets till she went in to labour shock

sweetfluffybunnies Mon 26-Aug-13 23:27:18

Yes, mine! DS born naturally at 11.20 pm, DD born by emergency CS at 00.15am the following day.

WeAreEternal Mon 26-Aug-13 23:30:47

I have a close friend whose twins were born two months apart.
DT1 was born prem but they managed to keep DT2 in until term.
They are now four and you can't tell the difference between them.

MummyPig24 Tue 10-Sep-13 06:12:29

I know a set of twins born just before and just after midnight. They are 3 and so far have had 2 celebrations for their birthdays. My dc3 is due on dc2s birthday so we could potentially have 2 born on the same day, although I hope this doesn't happen.

StinkyElfCheese Sat 21-Sep-13 12:50:10

I have cousins born in different years smile 1/4 to midnite and 10 past smile they must be in their 50's now smile

RosinaCopper Wed 25-Sep-13 10:59:30

I heard of someone who had twins weeks apart, too! Same thing - premature labour, one twin delivered and then the other twin managed to hang on a bit longer.

chairyhin Mon 07-Oct-13 21:24:40

Yes me too,have twin girls born naturally,11.56 and 12.24,no problems so far,they are 11 now,they mostly celebrate one day,but keep a pressie to open for each day.grin

NannyWaines13 Sun 20-Oct-13 00:18:56

I was at secondary school with identical twins born at 11.35pm & 11.55pm on 31st Aug. Their triplet brother was born at 12.25am on 1st September. They were put into seperate years at school so their brother was a year below us. A lot of us didn't know they were triplets until their brother started at school as they had been treated as twins & a single all their lives.

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