Tyler welcomes newest resident at 12:12 p.m. on Dec. 12, '12
Some parents might recall their child's exact time of birth, but it's almost certain that Eric and Salena Rozell won't forget when their joy bundle was delivered Wednesday.
Their daughter, Lily Scarlet, arrived at 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-12.
Lily was delivered via Caesarean section at East Texas Medical Center Wednesday by doctors Nahille Natour and Sherilyn Willis.
A beaming Mrs. Rozell said that because she was at 39 weeks pregnant, the birth would happen this week.
"They told us we could pick, and we looked at the calendar and thought, 'How can we not pick 12-12-12?" she said.
However, the Rozells didn't think about the new addition to their family of four being born at 12:12 p.m.
"We got here this morning, and they got me into the operating room and started at 12:03. Dr. Natour said it would be cool if she was born at 12:12, but she doubted it," she said.
But the idea got the doctors and nurses thinking, and they all acted quickly.
"They were bound and determined and Lily was born with 20 seconds left before the time was 12:13," she said.
Rozell, a Tyler firefighter and paramedic, was ecstatic over his daughter's birth, and some of his fellow firefighters showed up to hold Lily.
Lily's older siblings, Haleigh and Grayson, also were on hand to welcome their sister, who yawned and stretched, into the world.
Haleigh said she had been waiting eagerly for Lily's arrival and was glad she was finally here.
"I think it's cool that she was born on 12-12-12," the 7-year-old said.
ETMC Tyler spokesperson Rebecca Berkley said two other babies were born on 12-12-12, but the Rozells' baby was the only one at 12:12 p.m. in Tyler.
But just down the road in Jacksonville, another baby girl hit the mark with a perfect 12:12 p.m. 12-12-12 arrival.
Judy Martin, Jacksonville Dr. Charles Burk's office manager, said her doctor delivered a girl via caesarean delivery at the same time.
"He is a real numbers kind of guy and we try every year to induce one to hit at the right time. It doesn't happen very often, but we give it a shot," she said.
Ms. Martin said that in 2009, they had a baby born at 9:09 a.m. on 9-9-09.
The parents of the child born Wednesday did not want to be identified or photographed.
"Both the little girl and mom are doing really well," Ms. Martin said.