MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A mother welcomed two bundles of joy overnight in Minneapolis — one in 2011 and the other in 2012.

Stephanie Peterson had a February due date, but went into labor late Friday night. The nurses said they joked it would be funny if one baby was born new year’s eve, the other on new year’s day. They didn’t actually believe that would be the case, of course.

Officials at Hennepin County Medical Center said the proud mom gave birth to son Beckett at 6:40 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Then, six hours later, she delivered his twin sister Freya, at 12:26 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Beckett Humenny weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces and was 18 inches long at birth. His sister, Freya, weighed 5 pounds, 2.5 ounces and is also, 18 inches long.

“It was a great day to have a baby because everybody was in such a celebratory mood anyway,” said the proud mom. “When Freya was finally born the nurses had made confetti and threw confetti all over and everybody was clapping, so it was a party when she came.”

The twins will share many things over the next few years, but a birthday won’t be one of them.

Minnesota’s first babies of the year were born at the University of Minnesota-Medical Center and another at Maple Grove Hospital, both at 12:07 a.m.

Comments (57)
  1. Artor says:

    Freya’s twin brother should have been named Freyr. Oh well…

    1. Guest says:

      What about Benny and Jenny?
      Larry and Sherri?
      Eddie and Betty?
      Jerry and Carrie?
      Joe and Flo?
      Mary and Harry?

    2. Hailey says:

      Haha! That was my first thought when I saw her name, too!

  2. Thomas says:

    I hate acronyms. When I opened this up I thought it was in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam.

    1. Bruce Frykman says:

      Well, Minneapolis isn’t Ho Chi Minh City, but it’s close.

  3. Quit the Hate says:

    And a Happy New Year to you as well! What kind of jerk hates on babies?

  4. guntownuncle says:

    San Antonio’s New Year baby actually had two parents that were married to each other. It’ll snow for sure this year.

  5. BikerBen says:

    Does that mean that one will have to start school a year later than the other?

  6. Heywood U. Buzzoff says:

    Most twins aren’t born at EXACTLY the same moment. The fact that those two moments straddled some arbitrary point in time is meaningless.

    1. Frank says:

      Not to those two !. Don’t be silly

    2. atwinsdad says:

      Most twins are born via C section…just a few seconds apart, Mine were a natural but only six minuts arart.

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    3. Phil says:

      WOW go ____ yourself moron

    4. Joe P. Fritzbocker says:

      Actually, it is not meaningless. They are separated by an entire year for many purposes (school enrollment, little league sports, tax purposes, just to name a few). Semantically, it may be meaningless, but practically, it is not. Engage brain before putting fingertips in gear.

      1. Silly people says:

        Little league sports an school enrollment wont make a difference. School only matters how old you are in the fall. Not in the winter half way through the school year. You so silly.

      2. Coach says:

        little leauge baseball age deadline is March 31st—Engage some facts

    5. GozieBoy says:

      Not according to US tax law and the IRS…

  7. Kent Swayne says:

    Dog Gone It! Lost that tax deduction!

    1. Juan Figuroa says:

      Actually, not so much. The IRS specifically allows Jan 1 births to be claimed on prior year’s tax return. Sort of arbitrary, but it’s the law.

      1. Phil says:

        aha so when this happens on the 1st and 2nd of January then that joke will apply.

  8. Carlos says:

    The man always winds waiting on the lady.

    1. Happy New year says:

      The lady waited for him to get out of the way…. 🙂 Congratulations to the whole family

  9. John C says:

    Not the first time this has happened. Hardly newsworthy.

    1. Conservative T & T says:

      This kind of thing is always news when the New year rolls around. Do you spend your time coming to boards like this every year with the same complaint? Some people just cannot be happy for others, and we wonder why our society is so messed up! It wouldn’t have anything to do with people like you and the moron above who said they parents should have adopted a child instead, now would it?

  10. Juan Figuroa says:

    Should “have,” not should “of.” As in “You should ‘have’ stayed in school and learned to be civilized.”

  11. Phil says:


    But, “Twins born one year apart” — says the story line on CNN. Wrong. They were born hours apart…not 8,760 hours apart (1 year).

  12. Deus Vult says:

    Thats a pretty cool NEW YEARS story! CONGRADULATIONS to ALL!
    May 2012 be MUCH better than 2011!

    1. lotfi says:

      Enjoyable first podcast. As for the whole long-distance thing, I wasn’t ikoolng for anyone, but could not ignore the woman who is now my partner. We’ve been doing the Utah-Manhattan thing for four and a half years now. We go back and forth, do destination trips together (U.K., China, Mexico), and hope to live together next year.Well done.

  13. Roy Harris says:

    Your tax advice is lame. This year (2011) they’ll be able to claim only one dependent instead of two since the other was born in 2012. So they’ll only be able to claim two dependent starting next year. Why is that a good thing?

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  14. Sniffit says:

    Amazing…various bigoted remarks make it but mine calling out the Druge Goppers is censored!

    1. Conservative T & T says:

      I am sure it was an amazing comment that no one would have cared about anyway

  15. Conservative T & T says:

    Should have adopted? Really? So everyone should not have a child and just adopt? Wouldn’t children run out at some point in the future if everyone never had children and just adopted them? Not that there is anything wrong with adoption but you are just one of the dumbest individuals I have ever had the displeasure of reading comments from. Get a life!

    1. Joe P. Fritzbocker says:

      What really should be done is to give all our babies to the federal government immediately after they are born. Then, a bureaucrat at a desk in Washington will redistribute the babies to those who are in need the most (or, whoever has lined the pocket of the bureaucrat with the most money). See boys and girls? Socialism, er I mean Liberalism, er I mean Progressive policies can be the best for all the people!!

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    2. Bruce_Almty says:

      You think Barney Frank worries about getting pregnant after being banged by his beau?

  16. Thinker says:

    no. That is determined by their age on the start day of school. Since that date happens at the end of summer, these twins should be ok.

  17. Phil says:

    What the hell are you even talking about

  18. Your dumb says:

    Don’t you mean people should stop having kids, if they don’t plan to care for them?

  19. Lynn says:

    Birth time aside, I hope that the infants are born into a stable, two parent family.

  20. lllane says:

    For me, one of the joyful things about being a twin is sharing a birthday.

    1. GozieBoy says:

      Wow, is THAT exciting or what?

  21. mallard says:

    they should have named the boy “Ronald” and the girl “Paula”

  22. ltennant says:

    I got here from a link on CNN.com that is misleading – “Twins Born 1 Year Apart”. They weren’t really born a year apart, as the MN page is prompt to say, but in different years. CNN needs to edit their page better.

    1. Mark Matis says:

      Hey, it’s CNN! What else would you expect from them?

      Never mind. They’re probably your main source of “news”. THAT explains a lot…

  23. wilner says:

    My identical twin brother and I were born 3 minutes apart via natural childbirth. Fortunately, it was in the middle of the month and not across some seemingly arbitrary time demarcation.

  24. wilner says:

    Also, these were fraternal girl/boy twins. If they had been identical twins, things might seem more strange to authorities as they grow up. ?What identical twins born in different years? I’m sure it has happened on different days as the demarcation between 11:59 and 12:00 midnight is just another artificial barrier. I might be important socially and for tax purposes, but not biologically . . .

  25. Margaret Betaudier says:

    Well at least they get to claim one dependent for 2011! Margaret

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