ST. PETERSBURG — At exactly 12:12 p.m., Adrian Jayden Diaz arrived Wednesday at Bayfront Medical Center's Baby Place — almost a week past his due date, but right on time for a very special birthday on 12/12/12.
The 8-pound, 6-ounce boy was born after almost 30 hours of grueling contractions for Jessica Diaz, whose labor was medically induced after failing to progress. But timing was the last thing on the mind of the 22-year-old, first-time mother.
Around noon, a labor and delivery nurse looked up at the clock and urged her to push. Mrs. Diaz didn't much care about the clock, but three good pushes later, she and husband Adrian Diaz welcomed a baby that immediately became a media sensation.
During her fifth interview of the day, she finally got to eat her first post-delivery meal, a lukewarm burger and fries. "I'm going to tell him how 12/12/12 is a very special birthday, because everyone wanted to meet him," she told the Tampa Bay Times.
The news clippings will make a unique entry in Adrian's baby book, as well as a memento of their time in St. Petersburg. Adrian Diaz, 32, works for the U.S. Coast Guard and expects to relocate to another station with his young family this summer. No matter where they end up, the couple expects no such excitement with child No. 2.
"We're definitely not having one on January 1, 2111," said Adrian Diaz.