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  • 11.12.13: New baby has special birthday

  • Ashtyn Rose Arthaud has a special birthday - 11.12.13 - but if she had lingered a little bit longer, it could have been very unique.
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  • Ashtyn Rose Arthaud has a special birthday - 11.12.13 - but if she had lingered a little bit longer, it could have been very unique.
    “It was kind of funny. The way it was working out it could be 11.12.13 and have her at 2:15, which on military time would be 14:15,” said Ashtyn’s proud father, Kevin Arthaud.
    As it turned out, Brittni Arthaud gave birth to Ashtyn at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
    “Everything went really well,” said Kevin. “She (Ashtyn) is healthy, crying and eating. Everything is going really well, mom and baby.”
    Ashtyn wasn’t expected to be an 11.12.13 baby.
    “Originally we were due Nov. 6, then they pushed it back to Nov. 16,” said Kevin. “She (Brittni) was feeling pretty uncomfortable so we wanted to get her induced at the beginning of this week. Because of Veterans Day it fell that the first opportunity was today.”
    It was only recently that Kevin and Brittni realized their second child - they also have a 2-year-old, Alexa - might have a special birth date.
    “It hit me probably last Wednesday when I was looking at my calendar for work. I just happened to tell my wife, ‘Do you realize we’re having the baby on 11.12.13?’ She said, ‘I did notice that,’” said Kevin.
    “I realized it a few days ago when my grandma said something. She was looking at the calendar and said, ‘She’s going to be born on 11.12.13.’ That’s when I noticed,” said Brittni.
    Brittni admits she wasn’t too focused on her new daughter’s birth date.
    “I wouldn’t care either way,” she said. “My husband said, ‘At least we won’t forget her birthday.’”
    Marriage date
    According to one marriage tracker, at least 2,300 couples were expected to tie the knot on 11.12.13. At the Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra, Julie O’Bryan, deputy recorder, wasn’t aware of any marriages planned Tuesday at the courthouse.
    “We have not had any couples in today,” she said. “People do kind of like to have a play on numbers when they think it plays on good luck. We haven’t had any couples tell us they were getting married on this specific date.”
    A spokesperson with the Circuit Clerk’s office reported no couples had shown up to be married at the courthouse in Palmyra as of mid-afternoon Tuesday.
    O’Bryan says it’s not uncommon for residents of Marion County to choose specific wedding dates based on their calendar numbers.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s not a phenomenal amount, but we do have that, yes. They will specifically say, we’re getting married because of these numbers,” she said. “On 7-7-7 we were overwhelmed.”
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