By Joseph Robertia
While the passing of Dec. 12 came and went without fanfare for many people, for Robyne and Zack Misner, that day marks not only a once-in-a-century date, but also the birth of their first child.
Sacha Cole Misner was born at 7:34 p.m. on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year at Providence Hospital Women and Children’s Pavilion in Everett, Wash. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 19 inches.
Zack, a graduate of Kenai Central High School, currently serving in the Navy as a religious programs specialist second class aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, said that while he and his wife didn’t plan the serendipitous birth date, they are happy for their daughter to have it.
“Sacha’s due date was originally Dec. 19, but Robyne was induced due to some signs of preeclampsia,” said Misner, referring to a risky pregnancy condition in which the mother develops swelling and high blood pressure. If untreated, the condition could threaten the life of the mother and baby.
The condition kept the parents from even noticing the numerical significance of the proposed birthdate, but after Robyne was admitted to the hospital and spent several hours in labor, they realized the unique situation which was presenting itself.
“I never really thought about it, until one of the nurses mentioned it,” Zack said.
Despite the preeclampsia, labor went well once Robyne was admitted to the hospital, and Zack said that over the hours he waited for his daughter to be born, he got to reflect on her birthdate.
“We weren’t too worried about (Robyne’s) labor. She was induced at 5:30 a.m., so we had a lot of time for (Sacha) to come out. I think she does have a cool birthday. I know everyone makes a wish at 12:12, and to some it means the end of the world or being lucky. I’m not sure what exactly it means to me,” he said.
As for his wife, Misner said that she also wasn’t focused on the date as much as having a healthy baby.
“Robyne thinks it’s a cool date, but for the most part she just wanted the baby out of her,” he said.
Zack’s mother and step-father, Nan and John Clonan, of Sterling, said they were excited by the birthdate of their granddaughter, and not just because it will be easy to remember.
“While neither of us are superstitious, we think it is fun and know for the child that it will be a cool status for her while growing up,” Nan Clonan said.
This is her second granddaughter, with 9-year-old Melanie Kaye Misner being the first. Nan said that this granddaughter makes she and John reflect about the cycle of life.
“It’s funny; I believe that one dies so another can come to earth. John’s dad died this year in May, and he was an avid gardener and he always told John that the fertilizer 12-12-12 was the best. It could fix or grow anything. So we think that Sacha’s birthday was chosen by John Sr. to let us know he is still around and she will grow up just fine,” she said. “To have another grandbaby is a joy. It reaffirms that life goes on, despite our losses.”
Nan, who raised three sons with her first husband, Scott Misner, now deceased, and John, who raised two daughters with his first wife Deb, also now deceased, said they are looking forward to their roles as grandparents. Or, as they are hoping to be called, Nan and G-Pa.
“Grandkids are easier because as a parent you have to focus on their needs and discipline,” Nan said. “But as a grandparent you spoil them, then hand them back to Mom and Dad.”