People across the state likely took a moment or two to appreciate today’s special date — Dec. 12, 2012, or 12-12-12. But for some new parents in the region, the day was especially lucky.
At Griffin Hospital in Derby, at least four women gave birth to babies today, including Allison Llumipanta, 20, of Bridgeport. She and the baby’s father, Jacob Carattini, 18, had been expecting son Elias Jacob Carattini to be born Dec. 9, but the baby had other plans.
With the help of Luanne Miller, director of Griffin’s Childbirth Center, registered nurse Becky Bennett and surgical technician Chianti Rivera, Elias was born with a special birth. “I think it’s good,” Jacob Carattini said. “That’s a good birthday.”
Meanwhile, Luis and Jennifer Ruiz of Bridgeport welcomed their third child, Joshua Luis Ruiz, (pictured above, with his mom) into the world today a couple weeks ahead of schedule. “He was supposed to be a New Year’s Eve baby,” Luis Ruiz said.
But he couldn’t wait. Luis said Jennifer went into labor early this morning. By the time ambulance was called and arrived to take her to the hospital, she was about to deliver.
She had the baby at home at 5:55 a.m. Luis Ruiz said the family was taken to Bridgeport Hospital — where they were placed it room number 555. “I think it’s all pretty cool,” he said.
Other hospitals to welcome babies with a triple-dozen birthdate include St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, which has seen 8 babies born since midnight.