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First Babies of 2019 in Shasta County are Twins

Mom gives birth to twin boys just minutes after midnight.

Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 6:24 PM

We're only a few hours in to 2019.

But for for Jennifer and Craig Robbins of Redding, it's already been a rollercoaster of a year.

“Overwhelmed and excited, anxious and everything all wrapped into one,” Jennifer Robbins said.

Jennifer gave birth to twin boys Ammon and Leland just after midnight on New Year's Day.

The pair were the first babies born in Shasta County in 2019 at Redding's Mercy Medical Center.

Ammon is the older of the two, born at 12:25 and younger brother Leland came along just two minutes later at 12:27.

“We wanted one more and ended up with a bonus,” Jennifer said.

The twins weren't due until February 1, but they decided to arrive an entire month early.

And even though they're only a few hours old, mom Jennifer says she can already see a family resemblance.

“Leland looks like me, and Ammon looks like dad,” she said.

But even though they're twins, mom says she can already tell the boys are as different as can be.

She says Ammon was very active and loved getting his picture taken by the ultrasound, and brother Leland would hide.

“We could never get a profile picture of him because as soon as they would find it, he would turn,” Jennifer said. “And so one is very much and extrovert. And Leland is very much the introvert.”

All in all, the couple now has six children, five boys and one girl, who have already volunteered to help take care of their new siblings.

When asked if they were up to the challenge of raising twin boys, mom Jennifer said, “We got this.”

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