Friday, December 14, 2012

12:12 on 12-12-12


JOY TO THE WORLD: From left, JT, Joe, Gracie, Colleen and Noelle Joy Klinker

Noelle Joy Klinker knows how to make an entrance – she was welcomed into the world at 12:12 pm on 12-12-12, a moment that comes along just once every 100 years. While the local and national media joined in the celebration of the unique time and date of her birth, Noelle Joy took all of the attention in stride, sleeping soundly, swaddled in her mother’s arms.

The newborn arrived at the MGH after – what else – a 12-hour labor, weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 21.5 inches long. Born to Colleen and Joe Klinker of Reading, the baby joins big sister Gracie, 5, and brother, JT, 4. “She is a very special gift,” Colleen said.

When Colleen went into labor exactly one week before her scheduled due date, the family joked that they might have a milestone in the making but never expected that Noelle Joy would be born at the exact 12:12 moment. “I told everybody that they were kind of crazy for thinking that it could ever possibly happen,” Colleen said. “I never, ever expected anything like this, and it’s really cool. But I’m just so happy to be holding her safe in my arms. Any day – I would have taken her on any day, at any time.”

Noelle’s father agrees. “The 12-12-12-12-12 is a neat part of the day, but the miracle is her being here safe, being here alive and healthy.” 

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