Alexander, on the dot at 9:09, on 09/09/09

Grandmother Nancy Orient holds less than one-day-old baby Alexander as his mother Deana Orient watches at Saint Mary’s Hospital. The boy, whose name has nine letters in it, was born at 9:09 am 9-9-9.

Alexander Robert Orient had no idea how uncanny his timing was.

Alexander was born at 9:09 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2009, meaning his birth certificate will forever read 09:09 on 09/09/09. He could not have cared less, wearing a light blue hat and screaming at the top of his lungs for food Wednesday evening.

But his parents, Patrick and Deana Orient of Grand Junction, were in disbelief about their son’s birthday.

“Well, that will be easy for me to remember,” Patrick Orient said, holding his newborn son.

The Orients also have a 3-year-old daughter, Cora.

When Orient went into labor at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, all she was thinking about was delivering a healthy baby, she said. She had no idea about the date until St. Mary’s Hospital physicians wrapped a bracelet on her hand with “09/09/09” on it. About two minutes after Alexander was delivered by Caesarean section, the Orients were notified that their son’s time of birth was officially 9:09. Alexander was born 2 1/2 weeks early.

“Now, it’s really sinking in,” Deana Orient said of her son’s numerically unique birthday.

Alexander measured 17 3/4 inches long and weighed 4 pounds, 13.7 ounces.

“If you subtract four from 13, that’s nine,” St. Mary’s spokeswoman Samantha Moe joked.

Moe said as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, nine babies had been born at St. Mary’s on 09/09/09 and that it was likely a few more would be born that night.

Orient said she and her son probably would leave St. Mary’s on Friday. Once the family gets home, work will have to be done on the nursery. Orient and her husband were going to paint it sage green, because they did not know if they were having a boy or girl until Alexander was born.

“I think we’ll paint it blue with race cars,” she said.

“Everything’s going to be a 9,” Patrick added.


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