Baby Born At 12:12 On 12/12/12; Other Celebrations Held

By: Jodi Baker, Jacki Ochoa, The Associated Press Email
By: Jodi Baker, Jacki Ochoa, The Associated Press Email

One newborn baby in has come into the world with a little once-a-century good luck. The Nebraska Medical Center says Robin Heaton of Fremont gave birth to her daughter, Zoey by C-section on Wednesday. Even more luck comes with the fact that Zoey's birth was clocked in at 12:12 p.m.

Imagine turning 12 on December 12, 2012. Renee Zandt's parents joined her at Columbian Elementary School in Omaha. “I jumped up and I ran to the calendar to see what day it was and I realized it was a Wednesday and I thought oh, what are we going to do on a Wednesday?"

They showed us her birth certificate. Renee wasn't only born on 12/12 12 years ago, she was born at 12:12 a.m. “It was about 10 after when we realized this could be close to midnight, maybe we plan for 12 after and sure enough that's what it was,” said Carey Zandt.

Her parents are proud while Renee had her mind on other things. "It's exciting because I get a lot more parties now since it's my golden."

Five students at Kirn Middle School in Council Bluffs also marked that milestone on Wednesday. “It's gonna be really fun and it is going to be exciting, too," said Eric Eischens. “It is my golden birthday and I’m turning 12 on December 12th of 2012. It's my special day to actually shine, be myself and actually be noticed."

In Bellevue, Brandon Carey marked the same milestone. "Pretty awesome," said the St. Mary's sixth-grader.

"It's only every hundred years that somebody would have that birthday and it happens to be my son's," said mom Stephanie Carey. They celebrated early, with big blowout Saturday night, complete with a disc jockey. Celebrating mid-week just doesn't work as well, not with school the next day.

But it's working fine for Lindsey Tillman and Andrew Werner. The Bellevue East teachers were tying the knot on 12/12/12. They set the date shortly after becoming engaged on a carriage ride in New York City this past Easter.

"The reason we chose (the date) was because it was going to be an easy day for him to remember," laughed Tillman. "We chatted about it for a while and we finally got down to choosing a date and we're like, alright, let's do it."

At least 26 couples in Douglas and Sarpy county planned 12/12/12 weddings with judges presiding.

Tillman thought more people would have taken advantage of the date. "We actually got a deal at our reception, since it was a weeknight in December. So we got a little money off, which was nice."

They'll won't be marrying at noon, but closer to the end of the day. "It worked out really well for the mini-reception we're doing. Everybody will be able to come." And no doubt, everyone will remember the day.

According to a survey by David's Bridal, 7,500 couples planned to tie the knot in the U.S. on 12/12/12. That's an increase of 1,500 over last year's 11/11/11, even though that day fell on a Friday.

There were other ways to observe the unique date. "We are doing 12 riders, jumping 12 fences on 12/12/12,” said Beth Delano, who along with her daughter Hannah took part at the Quail Run Horse Center in Elkhorn.

"I think it is really cool,” said Hannah. "It is supposed to be lucky, I guess. Everyone is supposed to make a wish. I think it's really cool that it'll only happen once in my life." As far as they know, no one has ever done this and no one ever will again.


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