LaGrange Park boy born at special time in Hinsdale
Jennifer and Mark Mitchell of LaGrange Park celebrate the birth of their son, Charles Kevin, born at 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-12 at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. | Jane Michaels—Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 18, 2013 1:17AM
HINSDALE — At 8 pounds 5 ounces, Charles Kevin Mitchell was born at 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-12 at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. And his grand entrance wasn’t through a pre-arranged procedure.
“Charlie was due Dec. 3. Ten days after the date, I was scheduled for an induction, but I didn’t need it,” said his mother, Jennifer Mitchell, who lives with her husband and Charlie’s dad, Mark, in LaGrange Park.
“I went into labor about midnight,” the new mom recalled. “It took a while, but once he was ready to go, he was born in about 30 minutes. I knew it was near noon, but after that, I wasn’t watching the clock.”
Seven other babies also were born on Dec. 12 at the Hinsdale hospital, but no one else at 12:12 a.m. or p.m., a hospital spokesman said.
As Charlie was being born, many couples around the world chose to be married, considering the time and date a measure of good luck.
The proud parents, who are both administrators at the University of Chicago Medical Center, said they’re looking forward to bringing home their firstborn and celebrating with family and friends.
The nursery has a nautical theme with navy and white striped walls, which Mark Mitchell painstakingly measured, taped and painted.
“I used a laser line and tape,” he said. “It was brutal.”
Charlie was expected to be the first grandchild on his mom’s side, but a new little cousin, Louise Cibula, arrived first. She and her parents, Megan and Kyle Cibula, live nearby in Burr Ridge.
“My sister and I were pregnant at the same time. Her baby was due Dec. 31, but came instead on Nov. 27 so the babies are two weeks apart,” Jennifer Mitchell said. “My other sister, Emily, already is shopping for matching outfits for them.”
Family members are pleased that Charlie is sporting strawberry-blond hair, his mom said.
“I had red hair as a child,” she said. “They’re all very excited it’s being passed along.”