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Little Ronan always will be first among twins in the Rosputni household. But brother Rory, younger by 33 minutes, will be forever first in 2012.

Rory Rosputni arrived at 12:10 a.m. Sunday in Women & Children's Hospital, making him Erie County's first newborn of the New Year.

Rory weighed in at 6 pounds and 15 ounces, an ounce heavier than his older brother, who arrived at 11:37 p.m. Saturday -- in 2011. The boys share the same middle name, Stephen.

"This is like a dream," said Brighid Rosputni, mother of the twins, who had trouble wrapping her mind around the quirkiness of the births.

Ronan was the last baby born in 2011 in Women & Children's Hospital -- and quite possibly in all of Western New York, although hospital officials couldn't confirm that Sunday.

"They have completely different birthdates and years," Rosputni said. "I don't know if it's ever happened. I'll have to do some research. I'll have to Google it."

The boys appear to be fraternal, not identical, twins: Ronan has auburn hair like his beaming mom, while Rory has darker hair like his proud dad, Thomas.

While twins sometimes are born on different days, personnel at Women & Children's Hospital couldn't recall another twin birth in different years.

"It's unique," said Kathy Bean, a charge nurse. "They definitely will have a story for the rest of their lives."

The boys arrived a few weeks earlier than expected. Swaddled in knitted, baby-blue layettes, the twins rested comfortably New Year's Day in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, where doctors and nurses could better monitor their breathing to make sure everything was fine.

They could go home as early as Tuesday to a South Buffalo household of one sister, Ava, 6, and three brothers, Owen, 5, Eamon, 4, and Afton, 2.

The births almost foiled Brighid Rosputni's participation in her sister's wedding Saturday afternoon in St. Joseph University Catholic Church.

Her water broke Saturday morning, but Rosputni, 30, was undeterred.

"All I wanted to do was see my sister walk down the aisle," she said. "We were dressed for a wedding. We made it to the church and sent our four kids to the reception and then came here."

The reception, she was told, went off without a hitch.

The delivery was a little more complicated. Both babies came out feet first, known as breech birth. But Rosputni credited a midwife, Eileen Stewart, with helping her get through the complications without any painkillers or labor-inducing drugs.

"It was completely natural," she said.

Future birthday celebrations for the newborns may get a bit tricky, too.

Family already has proposed one birthday party for the twins on the same day in the same year, said Brighid Rosputni.

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