DUBLIN — Birthdays are special days for children.
But, for the children of Josh and Cathy Worster of Sunbury, those birthdays have taken on added significance.
The Worsters’ son, Jacob Stephen, was born Wednesday (12/12/12) at Dublin Methodist Hospital. Not to be outdone, his sister, Julia, was born 10/10/10 in the same hospital.
“I’m really very excited he was able to come on the date I wanted,” said Cathy. “I feel we are blessed. We have the perfect family — a boy and a girl. There’s great space in their age and they both have a special birthday.”
The specialness of the dates is not lost on the Worsters and their family, especially Cathy’s father, Ron Francisco. Francisco, of Ashland, had a tattoo made with Julia’s name and birthday after she was born and plans to put one on in honor of Jacob as well.
The dates almost didn’t happen for either of the children. Josh told his co-workers at the Mount Vernon News that Julia would be born on 10/10/10. But, Cathy’s due date for Julia wasn’t until Oct. 18 and, since her mother was late having both of her children, Cathy assumed it would be the same for her.
Then, on Oct. 9, Cathy went into labor. Somehow, Julia didn’t arrive until 12:05 a.m. on Oct. 10, giving her a special birthdate.
But, the Worsters thought this one would be tougher to have on a special numerical date.
“We were telling people I was due Dec. 30, but we were hoping for the 12th. I said that 100 times to different people, who said it would be cool if I could do it,” Cathy said. “We prayed a lot and asked God’s will to let it be done. I wanted him to have his own special day.”
Last Friday, Cathy went to her doctor for a routine visit. The doctor was still expecting the birth to be around Christmas, but after the ultrasound, told the Worsters to be prepared — Cathy could go into labor any day.
Cathy woke up early Wednesday morning, feeling she was close to having the baby. She began walking around the house and praying that Wednesday be the day. She called the doctor around 11 a.m., put on her lucky Elvis socks and they went to the hospital. There, they got the word that Cathy’s contractions were real and the baby would be there soon.
At 7:11 p.m., Cathy delivered her new son.
“He worked with me. He wanted to be born today and not have his sister take all the special days,” Cathy said.
“I’m very excited,” said Josh. “But, I guess this means we can’t have a third one since there are no more repetitive numbers.”
Jacob is the grandson of Gary and Joanne Worster of Brinkhaven and Connie Frantz of Bennett, Colo., and Francisco of Ashland.
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