Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 13, 2012

Newborn starts life perfectly aligned

Birthdate unique with midnight arrival on 12-12-12

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND —  It’s almost a sure thing that Rhylann Noel Tucker’s favorite number will be 12.

The daughter of Chris and Natasha Tucker of Ashland was born at midnight Dec. 12, 2012, in King’s Daughters Medical Center.

She weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and is 19.4 inches long, Sandy Tucker, the father’s mother, said.

“She was so cute,” the first-time grandmother said. Her father, the late Fred Moore, delivered The Independent for 32 years. He died 20 years ago and she said she wishes he were alive to see his great-granddaughter.

“We would just be so excited,” she said.

Chris Tucker said they hadn’t thought about the possibility of a 12-12-12 birth until Monday, when doctors induced labor.

“We waited all day (Tuesday) until midnight,” he said. “We thought for sure she’d be here on the 11th and her uncle kept saying, ‘No, she’s going to hold off until 12-12-12.” She was born at midnight exactly, Chris Tucker said, after 16 hours of labor.

Chris Tucker said his wife’s pregnancy was normal and she didn’t have unusual cravings, but he expects his daughter will be stubborn, not so much because of the date she was born.

“Both of us are stubborn,” he said, adding as he held his daughter that she’s quiet and content and not much of a crier, so far. “This feels pretty amazing.”

Sandy Tucker said her daughter-in-law had one craving that was satisfied after she delivered.

“She said the only thing she wanted was, she couldn’t wait to get ‘the hugest Mountain Dew,’” Sandy Tucker said, noting the new mom hadn’t had sodas in nine months. “Her grandfather (Art Slaven) brought her one and saved it until the baby came.”

Tuesday was the last time for nearly 100 years the date will create a lineup of three like numbers; the next will be Jan. 1, 2101. Many chose to marry on Dec. 12 so as to have an easy-to-recall anniversary: Las Vegas wedding chapels reported a sharp increase in business, CNN.com reported. Numerologists report the day is lucky and say “12” represents wealth.

The baby’s grandmother said she doesn’t know about the luck aspect.

“We just know she’s God’s miracle and she’s a blessing,” Sandy Tucker said.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.