Carmel - The first baby of 2009 was born early Thursday morning at St. Francis Hospital, but Clarian North welcomed the first set of twins.
"This is Lukas Gunnar. He was the boy. He came out first. This is Gabrielle Mackenzie. She came out a minute later," said the twins' proud father, Greg Bulin of Fishers.
These two bundles of joy are early arrivals. They weren't due until February 1st, but they were delivered January 1st after doctors became concerned about their mother's medical condition.
"It's a whole new journey. Life has completely changed as we know it," said Danielle Paul, mom.
Surprised by news of an emergency C-section, the couple briefly thought it might be fun to have a baby born in 2008 and the other in 2009.
"We actually have been joking around. We thought maybe if they did the C-section and one baby could be born at 11:59 one day and 12 o'clock on the next day, there would be a whole year's difference," said dad.
Instead Lukas and Gabriella will share a birthday.
"I've brought two beautiful children into the world with my loving partner. It's incredible," said Paul.
"It was the most exciting moment of my life. New Year's will never be the same," said Bulin.
The couple praised the staff at Clarian North, saying they've already received an offer for formula.
Lukas Gunnar, who was born frirst, weighed in at 5 lbs, 1 oz. Gabriella Mackenzie weighed 4 lbs, 15, oz.
Hospital officials say both babies and their mother are doing fine.