Ryan Fitzgerald, Katie Deremiah, their son, Jackson, and newborn daughter, Laila, pose for a family photo at Iowa Methodist Medical Center on Thursday. / TONY LEYS/THE REGISTER
By Tony Leys / The Des Moines Register
If royal titles were awarded fairly, Laila Fitzgerald would be a countess.
Laila was born at 8 pounds, 9 ounces on Thursday, which was 10/11/12. The birth came at 13:14 military time. (That's 1:14 p.m. civilian time.)
Laila's mother, Katie Deremiah, 26, of Des Moines had a due date of Oct. 19. But when she started having contractions Tuesday, she figured she might repeat her feat from last fall, when she gave birth to Jackson on Sept. 10, also known as 9/10/11.
"We had a feeling it was going to be today," she said, holding a sleeping, 4-hour-old Laila at Iowa Methodist Medical Center Thursday evening. The birth was natural, with no inducements to speed it up.
Laila's dad, Ryan Fitzgerald, 26, said his father had mentioned the possible military-time angle Thursday morning. Then a nurse noted it right after the birth, because the hospital staff routinely records time that way. And finally came the birth weight, completing the trifecta.
Could the family do it a third time? Fitzgerald pondered the question aloud. "11/12/13, and then 12/13/14 - two more shots," he said. Then he paused. "I don't know if that's going to happen," he said as a doubtful-looking Deremiah laughed.
Fitzgerald knew one thing for sure, however. As soon as he could sneak out of the hospital for a few minutes, he was going to go buy a lottery ticket.