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Two tie for honor of being Utah’s first baby of the new year

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Posted at 6:22 PM, Jan 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-01 20:22:26-05

SALT LAKE CITY – It's a tie! There are two news year’s babies in Utah this year.

Several dozen babies were born overnight, but two were born just after midnight at the exact same time.

The official birth record shows babies May Mildenstein and Anthony Schuler were born three seconds after midnight.

“Once like 11:30 p.m. hit, we thought maybe we can aim for midnight,” said mother Heather Mildenstein. “The doctor came and we made a game plan: it worked!”

The doctors induced Heather nine hours before midnight, and from there she said the timing just worked out.

“We kind of picked if we wanted her before midnight or on midnight,” she said. “I thought it would be a cool gift to give her a cool story."

A cool story she'll have to share with a little boy in West Jordan who also born at midnight.

“I'm hysterical and bawling,” new dad John Schuler said.  “And everybody around me is going crazy, and I think they are all going crazy for him, but it was all about the New Year’s thing.”

Baby Anthony came as a bit more of a surprise. The little guy arrived five weeks early, and at 3 pounds and 4 ounces he's in the NICU with low blood sugar, but he is expected to go home in just a few days.