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Two Winthrop babies born on 11-12-13

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 13, 2013 11:12 AM

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Two babies from Winthrop share a very unique birthdate -- 11-12-13.


Hazel Mary Viens, left, was born yesterday at Brigham and Women's Hospital. And Drini Calaj, below, was born at Tufts Medical Center.

Hazel's middle name pays homage to her grandmother, Mary Viens. And it was Mary, from Braintree, who insisted that her grandchild was going to come a day early because of the special date, said mom Diana Vien. Diana's due date was Nov. 13. (Photo: Diana Viens)

Grandma's prediction almost reached epic proportions when Hazel's pending birth approached the 9 o'clock hour on the 12th.

"We just missed it!" said Diana about a 9:10 birth to go along with the 11-12-13 birthdate. Hazel was born at 9:40 a.m. And weighed 9 lbs 12 ounces (not 10 ounces. Darn, missed it again!).

Her husband, Brian, and his mom talked about the baby being born on 11-12-13 well before she went into labor.

"Last week he said, 'Wouldn't it be great?' I said, 'That's not going to happen,'" she said with a laugh.

And then she went into labor at 4 a.m. on the 12th.


In contrast, Albulena and Adriatik Calaj knew their baby would be born on 11-12-13 last week. When her doctor determined her baby was breech on Nov. 5, an appointment for a C-section was set up for Nov. 12.

"After we went home, my husband and I were like, 'Oh my God, it’s a unique date!'" said Albulena.

Baby boy Drini, born at 2:11 p.m., weighed 7 pounds, and will join two big sisters, ages 7 and 4. Hazel has a big sister as well: two-year-old Ruby.

Diana was surprised to hear another mom from Winthrop, which she calls a very small community, gave birth on the same day, saying, "You're kidding!" The moms do not know each other.

Both moms are happy to have healthy babies. But Diana said the added bonus of the birthdate is "definitely a cool thing."

"Every time she writes that down she’ll think of it being super special," said Diana. "I’m sure of it. And no one is ever going to forget her birthday in my whole family!"
(Photo: Albulena Calaj)

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Kristi Palma, Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.

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