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Published on November 10, 2016

When Baby A is born first, but Baby B is older When Baby A is born first, but Baby B is older

Here’s a riddle to think about for a moment:

Baby A was born first, but his twin brother, Baby B, is older. How is that possible?

Have the answer yet?

Emily and Seth Peterson of West Barnstable can tell you, because their newborn twin sons, Samuel and Ronan, are living examples.

Samuel was born at 1:39 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, followed 31 minutes later by Ronan, at what would have been 2:10. But at 2 a.m. that morning, Daylight Savings Time ended for the year, making it 1:10 a.m. and leaving Ronan – at least in the official record – older than Samuel.

“It’s the first time I have ever seen this in over 40 years of nursing,” said Deb Totten, a maternity nurse at Cape Cod Hospital, where the boys were born.

When he saw the proximity of the boy’s impending births to midnight that evening, Seth Peterson, 45, who is a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police, said he had a feeling there might be something unusual about it.

“I said, they’re either going to be born on two different days, or the time change may come into play,” he said.

After Samuel was born, Emily, 32, who is a stay-at-home mom, was in a labor a bit longer for Ronan. As she was pushing, she heard the nurses talking in the background something about the time. When she glanced up at the clock on the wall in her birthing room at the hospital, the hands were spinning backwards.

“I said, “I only had an epidural, so I know I shouldn’t be seeing things,” she said. “I thought my brain was playing tricks on me!”

On Tuesday, as the couple was packing up the babies’ gear to take the newborns home to their 2 ½-year-old sister, Aubrey, hospital pharmacy tech Michelle Theoharidis stopped by with an order from the hospital’s “Meds to Beds” program. The Petersons asked her the riddle and she was stumped. “I have no idea,” she said.

When they told her, she, too, was amazed by the unlikely scenario.

The Petersons expect that their sons will be asked who is older throughout their lives – as most twins are – and they will have a longer, and more colorful story to tell than most.

Update: Since their birth was shared on the Cape Cod Healthcare Facebook Page, the story of Peterson twins and their unique birth has been shared across the country – including media hits from Inside Edition, The Huffington Post, ABC News, AOL.com and many more. Interest continues to grow and Cape Cod Hospital is thrilled to have been a part of this memorable birth.