When Richard and Julie Anderson found out their fifth child was due Sept. 9, they thought it was neat that their baby might arrive on 9/9/09. But they also knew that babies often come on their own schedule.
Anderson, 35, was admitted to Morton Plant Hospital on Tuesday because her pregnancy wasn't advancing as expected, and the couple was almost certain their baby wouldn't be born on its due date.
What they never imagined was that their new daughter, Jaislee Eva, would arrive at precisely 9:09 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2009.
"At 9:08 a.m., the doctor looked at his watch and said, 'This baby is going to be born at 9:09,'" said Richard Anderson, 37. "She gave one more push and, sure enough, out she came."
Jaislee weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces and joins two sisters, Jordan and Justine, both 15, and brothers, Payton, 11, and Trent, 20 months.
Her older sisters picked out Jaislee Eva's rather unusual name. They wanted her name to start with a "J" like theirs, and their grandmothers' names are Lee and Eva, according to Julie Anderson.
Jaislee's unusual birth date and time is not the only coincidence in the Anderson family.
She and brother Trent were both born on a Wednesday, the ninth day of the month, in the same hospital, with the same doctor and the same nurse.
Anderson does not consider herself superstitious, so she is not sure if 9/9/09 is an especially lucky birth date.
"I sure hope it is lucky for her," she said.
Although the Andersons, who live in Pinellas Park, are thrilled with the five children they have in their blended family, Richard Anderson is almost certain there won't be a new brother or sister joining the family on 10/10/10.
"She's the last of the tribe," he said.