Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 25, 2013

Playing the numbers game

Couple married on 9/10/11, son born on 11/12/13

Mark Maynard
The Independent

ASHLAND — For Chase and Sarah Oliver, numbers really do tell a story.

The Greenville, S.C., couple recently had their first child, a boy, who was born on Nov. 11, 2013. That would be 11/12/13 in date shorthand.

Odd? Maybe somewhat but here’s the kicker. Chase and Sarah Oliver were married on Sept. 10, 2011. That would be 9/10/11.

So the couple married on 9/10/11 had a son on 11/12/13.

What’s next?

Well, how about 12/13/14? That would be the last sequential date this century.

“What everyone is telling us now that for our next baby we should try for 12/13/14,” Chase said. “I don’t know if that’s in our plans.”

Chase Oliver, 29, is a 2002 graduate of Russell High School. His parents and now proud grandparents are David and Janet Oliver of Russell. David works at King’s Daughters Medical Center and Janet is a teacher in South Point.

“We got a call at 2:30 in the morning and left here a little after 3,” Janet said of the night before little James Douglas Oliver was born. “On the drive down, my husband said, ‘He’s going to be born on 11/12/13.’ I still didn’t think about the 9-10-11 (marriage date).”

The Fox affiliate in Greensville was visiting the hospital looking for a story on babies born on the 11/12/13 date when they stumbled across the other information.

Sarah Oliver is a pediatric resident at Greenville Memorial.

“Everybody knows her there,” Chase said. “When Fox Carolina was looking for somebody, they kind of offered it up to us first. I said, ‘By the way, we were married on 9/10/11.’ They were all about it. They ran the story and once they ran it, other news sources picked it up.”

The Olivers received a call from “Good Morning America” and also a reporter from The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom called for a story.

“Whoever called me was obviouslly British,” Chase said. “I guess our story hopped the Pond.”

Chase said they are saving all the keepsakes about their son’s birth in  hopes of sharing it all with him one day.

“It’ll be neat to tell him. It makes for a good keepsake.”

By the way, mother and baby are doing just fine. James Douglas came in at 9 pounds and 211⁄2 inches even though he was supposed to be born until Nov. 21.

“He was ready to come,” said his father. “He’s doing great. We took him home last week.”

Chase said they didn’t think about the date until after he was born and everything had settled down.

“That’s when we saw we had the sequential thing going on,” he said.

As for the September wedding, Chase said it wasn’t just because of the date but because the couple wanted a September wedding and that date was available.

Chase, who works in administration for Omni Source, said he still roots on the Kentucky Wildcats even in Carolina country.

James Douglas even wore a UK hat for the cameras.

“I don’t think Fox Carolina zoomed in too much on that,” he said. “Our first order of business for the night was to root on the Cats. It was the night they played Michigan State.”

Sarah Mullins Oliver is from Brodhead, Ky., the daughter of the late Doug Mullins and Janice Mullins.

Chase and Sarah met while going to college at the University of Kentucky.

MARK MAYNARD can be reachd at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.