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Strasburg baby born at 12:12 on 12/12/12

Strasburg residents Brittany Spiesman and Michael MacCue Jr. hold their new baby, who was born at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12/12.

By Sally Voth

By Sally Voth
There's little doubt that new parents Brittany Spiesman and Michael MacCue Jr. have already found dozens of things to love about their baby boy.

Being born at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12/12 is just one more.

Michael James MacCue III entered the world three days late, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

After she passed her due date, Spiesman realized her son could arrive on the once-every-thousand-years date. She even asked her obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. James Nashed, at her appointment on Tuesday if she could be induced that day to get the process started.

"He told me no because chances for having a Cesarian and complications go up when you get induced," Spiesman said.

The special date wasn't her sole motivation.

"The whole week before my due date I was tired of being pregnant," Spiesman said. "I was ready for this little guy."

After her prenatal appointment, she went to Lord Fairfax Community College for placement testing -- she starts classes to become a certified nurse aide next month and plans to become a registered nurse -- and received some additional advice.

"Everybody told me to bounce on [a] yoga ball," Spiesman said. "I bounced on a yoga ball for a while and my water broke."

Late Tuesday afternoon, she arrived at Winchester Medical Center, where events started to quickly unfold.

"It was an eight-hour labor," Spiesman said. "It was like super-quick."

Strasburg High School senior MacCue was with her every step of the way.

"The birth was so fast," he said.

He admired how Spiesman, a 2012 Strasburg graduate, handled the birthing process and new motherhood.

"I expected her to scream, yell ... but, no, she was quiet," he said. "Everybody says she's doing an awesome job."

Spiesman said it's "pretty cool" that baby Michael was born in the 12th minute on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the millennium.

"I got my wish, but I didn't have to push it," she said. "We weren't trying for the time either."
Nashed found the delivery extraordinary, too.

"I'm still kind of in shock because that stuff never happens to me," he said Thursday evening. "I don't think I've even delivered a baby on New Year's in my 12 years in practice. I thought it was just cool."

Nashed pointed out that Spiesman - who he said was a model patient - didn't do anything during labor to accelerate or delay when Michael actually made his entrance into the world.

"It was just karma," he said. "It was a just kind of really pretty amazing event. She actually hit it perfectly on her own with no intervention really. She was very serene.

"Pretty amazing event, doesn't happen very often. It's just one of those neat things."

As to whether baby Michael would be extra-special because of the unique birth date, Spiesman replied, "I think he's going to be extra-spoiled."

"He's got a lot of grandparents and family," she added.

The proud parents expect to take their son to the home they currently share with Spiesman's mother, Tammy Sagar, and brother, Richard Spiesman, on Friday if the heart murmur detected Thursday isn't heard again.

Spiesman seems to be finding her feet in her new role as a mom.

"I thought I was going to get overwhelmed," she said. "I've just been able to roll with it. I'm proud of myself that I haven't freaked out yet. He's not even two days old yet, and I'm already starting to figure out what cries are what. He's a sweetheart."

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com


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