But while the odds of having such a special birthday may be pretty good, the odds of a family having three children with such birthdays has got to be pretty astronomical, right?
You would think so, but that’s exactly the case for a family in Rockford, Michigan. Barbara and Chad Soper were thrilled when their first child, Chloe Corrin, was born on 8/8/08. The very next year, they were blessed with a son, Cameron Dane, on 9/9/09. And this year? You guessed it. Their third child, Cearra Nicole, was born on 10/10/10.
In all three births, labor was induced but not because they were trying to give birth on a particular day. Barbara says the inductions were all medically necessary and were begun on the day before the children actually made their way into the world.
But back to those odds. How likely is it that one woman would give birth on three such auspicious dates? According Philip Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, the odds are better than you think.
Such dates on the calendar appear only during the first twelve years of every century, at least ten months apart. It only takes nine to make a baby and Stark says that if you allow for 11, you’ve got a 1 in 2,500 shot at doing what the Sopers did.
So, are they working on an 11/11/11 baby? Barbara says no and I don’t blame her. Having had a baby a year for three years straight, I’d say she’s got her hands full already.
Image: Soper Family
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