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9's Align for Newborn Arrival in Denver

September 25, 2009
denver and the west 9's align for newborn arrival in Denver Baby Ezekiel born at 9:09 a.m. on 9-9-09 By Jennifer Brown The Denver Post Posted: 09/10/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT Updated: 09/10/2009 02:21:09 AM MDT Proud dad Aaron Eichman. (John Sunderland, The Denver Post) Cheryl Eichman cradles newborn son Ezekiel Gene on Wednesday at Saint Joseph Hospital. Ezekiel was due Sept. 1. (John Sunderland, The Denver Post)Related 9-9-09 Babies Sep 10: Lots of 9/9/09 babies, one in Grand Junction came at 9:09 a.m.Ezekiel Gene Eichman came when he was ready. At 9:09 a.m. on 9-9-09. His auspiciously timed birth Wednesday was unplanned, though he entered the world through cesarean section. Cheryl Eichman, 27, cradling her newborn swaddled in a fuzzy blue blanket Wednesday afternoon, was in labor 22 hours before an emergency C-section at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. "He decided he wanted to be famous, I guess," the first-time mom said. "He just wanted to be extra, extra special." Aaron Eichman, 28, was standing in the delivery room when the doctor called the time of birth and began to chuckle. A nurse asked if he was lying, then started laughing. "It was this really funny, hilarious moment," he said. "I was pretty excited." The new dad had joked with his wife the day before that maybe their son would arrive on Sept. 9, 2009, but Cheryl informed him there was "no way" she was waiting that long. Ezekiel was due Sept. 1, and doctors induced Cheryl's labor Tuesday morning. Triple nines are a sign of luck for many cultures, especially in China, where thousands of couples intended to wed Wednesday. The Eichmans, who live in Centennial, were focused on the date's link to prosperity, rather than any doomsday prophecies circulating the Internet. Baby Ezekiel's name is from the Bible, as well as a skateboarding company. His father, who wore an Ezekiel skateboarding T-shirt that matched his green-spiked hair, runs a skatepark in a church. For a second, after the doctor told Cheryl her son was born at 9:09 a.m., she wondered if he weighed 9 pounds. But Ezekiel, who slept his first day away, weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Jennifer Brown: 303-954-1593 or jenbrown@denverpost.com