But just for fun, let's imagine we could plan exactly what day our babies would come into the world. Wouldn't we try to pick some significant birth date—like 12/13/14?
That cool-sounding date is coming up tomorrow, and it's the last sequential date of the century; it will be 89 years before we see one again. And if you conceived a baby around March 22 this year, it may very well be your baby's birthday. (Record cold temperatures around the country did extend into March this year... so maybe we'll see a baby boom!)
While it's hard to target a specific birth date for a baby, it's certainly possible to stack the deck. Doctors reported labor and delivery wards bursting to the seams on the date of 11/11/11, for instance, with people scheduling cesarean deliveries on a date they thought could bring luck to their babies.
For sure people are taking advantage of the 12/13/14 date for weddings this year, with venues and vendors booking up like crazy to accommodate couples. The city of Las Vegas is even doing a big marketing push to capitalize on the idea of the date as an auspicious—not to mention convenient—one! So goes the language on its website: "If you get married on this special date, remembering your anniversary will be as easy as counting from 12 to 14. Plus, it's super trendy... We're here to help make sure you're one of the lucky ones."
Well, one thing's for sure: If you deliver a baby tomorrow, friends and family will always remember your kid's birthday—how could they forget? So that's a neat thing. But as for it being a lucky birth date? Well, any day that a healthy baby is born to a healthy mama is a darn lucky day in my book!
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