Once in a Lifetime
Adalynn Suarez nestled contentedly in mother Annabell's arms at Providence BirthPlace Wednesday after an afternoon of media interviews and snuggle sessions with dad Jose and sisters Liah, 2, and Ava, 4.
Adalynn's celebrity status? She's one of five (and counting) Rogue Valley residents born on 12/12/12 — the calendar's last sequential date for a century.
Donning a knitted, purple cap over a thick shock of dark hair, the baby girl was an early gift for the Eagle Point family — 12 days before Christmas — when she arrived at 5:53 a.m.
Due Dec. 17, the almost 6-pound girl was oblivious to her special birth date while her parents busily announced the good news to family and friends.
"I had another week to go and I'm pretty much an on-time person, so I figured I still have a while," Annabell said. "My mother-in-law was coming from Washington to be here and she was on her way today.
"This baby didn't even wait for the doctor. She was quick. We were here a little bit before 5 a.m. and she was born at 5:53 a.m."
Her two big sisters were bigger babies born without any hair.
"Everything about her has been different," she said. "I knew about the date, but I didn't give it any thought. Yesterday I was having contractions and I texted my sister and she said, 'Wouldn't it be cool if you had her on 12/12/12?' "
Both parents and one sister all share December birthdays.
"I guess we'll have to always plan to save extra money for December with four birthdays and Christmas," Annabell said.
Also at Providence, Medford residents Catherine and Robert O'Brien delivered baby girl Abbagale, at 12:25 a.m., while Medford couple Danielle Kloosterman and Jeremy Mesaros welcomed baby boy Jordan at 2:58 p.m.
At Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, public relations specialist Grant Walker reported a possible tie against Providence for the tally of 12-12-12 babies. Just prior to deadline, Walker reported two babies and one laboring mother.
Avery Jade Roland was born to Medford parents Sarah Convoy and Josh Roland at 7:34 a.m. Avery's mother said the almost 6-pound girl was delivered quickly and before her planned birthday.
"They were going to induce me this weekend, but I went into labor around 2 a.m. and we had her around 7:30," Sarah said, noting Avery narrowly avoided another unusual, but more ominous, birth date.
"I was due on the 21st, which is supposedly the end of the world," Sarah said. "Everyone was making all kinds of comments about 'last baby to be born.' I'm glad she came today. I was ready to not be pregnant for that much longer."
Delivery No. 2 at RRMC was Charlie David Peterson, born to Grants Pass residents Jessi and Dana Peterson.
A third baby, Walker said at press time, was "almost definitely" expected to arrive by midnight, which would make an even half-dozen 12-12-12 babies in the Rogue Valley.
Both hospitals said those babies would receive gift items to commemorate their special day of birth.
Ashland Community Hospital reported no 12-12-12 babies by press time.
Buffy Pollock is a freelance reporter living in Medford. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.