Buzz-worthy baby stories are nothing new, but it seems like 2014 was chock-full of them. If we weren't oohing and aahing over our new favorite celebutots, then we were gasping over against-all-odds births and medical miracles. So it's only fitting that the year ends on the same note as it began: with some amazing birth stories -- here are a few of our favorite ones:
Woman gives birth on a subway
The City of Brotherly Love welcomed a new member of its family on Christmas evening, when a woman unexpectedly went into labor while riding Philly's subway with her husband. In a scene right out of a movie, two Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officers made a beeline for the train and showed up just in time to coach the mom-to-be through the final paces and place the baby boy in her arms afterward, reports The Christian Science Monitor. Mom and son were brought to the hospital, and both are in good condition. The officers, meanwhile, now win major street cred for the best work story ever. "I had already opened all my presents," Sgt. Daniel Caban told the local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV. "I didn't know I had another one waiting for me around 5:53 this afternoon." Aww.
Babies are born with a sequential birthday!
Some kiddos have a great sense of timing, even right out of the gate. Case in point: babies who arrived precisely at 10:11 on December 13, 2014, (i.e. the unusually sequential 10-11-12-13-14). Newborns across the country seemed to have gotten the memo, as reports of the special birthday filtered in from such places as Massachusetts, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, and Arizona. Besides their bundle of joy, the parents also have the gift of an easy-to-remember birthday. Win-win.
Super-sized baby shocks parents
Surprised by how big your baby was when he or she was born? So were the parents of Mia Yasmin Hernandez, who were expecting their daughter to weigh about 8 pounds. No surprise then that they were floored when their newborn ended up tipping the scales at 13 pounds, 13 ounces. (Her mom delivered via C-section, in case you were wondering.) Dad Francisco Garcia told ABC News, "I was like, 'Whoa, she's the biggest baby I've ever seen,'" a sentiment echoed by hospital doctors and nurses. Though 14-pound infants have been born in the past, the chances of an infant packing on that many pounds before birth is fairly rare. One doctor put the chances at one in 100,000.
Now it's your turn: What was your favorite baby story of the year?
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
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