By Christina Lords
Idaho Fall, ID
Rigby resident Kylee Smith thought she’d be getting ready for another day of work at Snake River Oncology on Wednesday morning.
Only 38 weeks into her pregnancy, her baby – due Dec. 30 – had other ideas.
Baby Smith had some pretty perfect timing.
After about six hours of labor, the baby girl, named Kinzlee, was born at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, or 12-12-12, at Mountain View Hospital. Smith’s water broke at 5 a.m., and she was admitted to the hospital around 6 a.m.
With a full head of brown hair and weighing in at 5 pounds 6 ounces, Kinzlee is the firstborn child of Smith and her husband, Dallas.
“I was really nervous at first,” Kylee Smith said, “but as soon as we got to the hospital, it just put my fears at ease. All of the nurses were great. My doctor was great.
“We had a fun delivery, and it actually ended up being a good time.”
Dallas Smith said Kinzlee’s arrival was the best early Christmas present he could ask for.
“We’re just really excited, really happy that she came before Christmas,” he said. “We’ll be able to have her at home and enjoy our first Christmas as a family. It was definitely a good surprise.”
Despite the early arrival, hospital spokeswoman Chelsey Anderson said mom and baby are happy and healthy.
Kylee Smith said she expected to be able to take Kinzlee home today or Friday.
“We’ve had some unique birth times before where patients have been induced, but never has it happened where the baby was actually and naturally born right at something like 12:12 pm on 12-12-12,” Anderson said. “That’s just really special.”
The numbers won’t align like that again until Jan. 1, 2101, or 1-1-01.
Two other mothers at the hospital were in labor and expected to give birth to boys Wednesday.
The hospital delivers about 100 babies a month, Anderson said.
“I haven’t been doing too much Facebooking yet,” Kylee Smith said, “but we’ve called friends and family to let them know. We’ve just enjoyed having her here with us.”