Oh, baby, what a birthday: 12-12-12
BY J.R. ORTEGA - JRORTEGA@VICAD.COM
Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:12 a.m.
DETAR DEC. 12, 2000 BIRTHDAYS
• Dorcas Regules and Miguel Reyes, a son, 7 pounds 5 ounces, at 7:47 a.m.
• Kristine Luna, a daughter, 7 pounds 4 ounces at 12:55 p.m.
• Mr. and Mrs. Gary Henneke, of Cuero, a daughter, 9 pounds 5 ounces at 5:51 p.m.
CITIZENS DEC. 12, 2000 BIRTHDAYS
• Tim and Ronda Voelkel, a daughter, 8 pounds 1 ounce, at 6:48 a.m.
• Richard and Gloria Pitts, a daughter, 6 pounds 9 ounces, at 5:48 p.m.
• Tasha Garibay and Eric Tillery, a daughter, 7 pounds 1 ounce at 1:27 p.m.
SOURCE: Victoria Advocate archives
The odds of hitting a multi-million dollar jackpot are slim; the odds of being born on Dec. 12, 2012 - maybe not so slim - but it still gives people something to talk about.
"We won't ever forget her birthday," said father Fabian Adame of his newborn daughter, Gianna Jenae Adame, who was born at DeTar Hospital North at 12:40 p.m. Dec. 12.
Adame's wife, Cynthia Adame, of Seadrift, had the C-section delivery scheduled for Dec. 19, but days before delivery learned the expected delivery would take place on Dec. 12.
While some may think the day is lucky, for the Adames, it's just the day their second daughter was born.
Dec. 12, 2012 marks the last day this century that has a sequential date.
"It's really just another day," said Gianna's mother. "I know it's going to be special."
This is not the first time the number 12 has been important to the Adames. Cynthia Adame's mother, Angie Castillo, tried 12 years to have Cynthia. Castillo is also one of 12 children and lost her son to leukemia when he was 12.
"It sure is special," she said.
The day was just as special for Kathleen and Kevin Parma, just down the hall, who brought into the world John Jaxson Parma on Wednesday afternoon. His birth was special because he was born four weeks early, but at a healthy 7 pounds, 4 ounces.
Kathleen Parma went into DeTar Hospital North on Tuesday night and went into labor Wednesday morning before naturally delivering. She waited the entire night, but finally had enough contractions to begin delivery just before noon.
At that point, they realized they could make his birth even more memorable.
She pushed, and sure enough, hit the jackpot - 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-12.
"We didn't even think about it," she said. "We weren't even expecting to have a kid yet."
New births weren't all the focus. Dec. 12 birthdays also celebrated, as well as newlyweds who purposely chose the date.
Halley Luna did not think much about the date, but she turned 12 on Dec. 12.
"I like how it feels to be 12," said Halley, who will be celebrating a little for the rest of the week. "It kind of feels different."
Halley's mother, Kristine Luna, gave birth to Halley at DeTar Hospital North 12 years ago.
"It doesn't happen very often," Luna said. "It's something special that she'll always remember. It's her last year being a kid."
Meanwhile, Robert and Amanda Hawkins tied the knot at Justice of the Peace Robert Whitaker's Precinct 3 office.
It's an anniversary the two can't forget; however, it's not the day they planned on.
The marriage was originally planned for another sequential date - Nov. 11, 2011, but the time was not right, Robert Hawkins said.
"I figured I've only got nine days to live, might as well," he said jokingly. "Really, it was exciting. It's a very lucky day because I have my wife now."