England Woman Delivers an 8 Pound Baby Boy at 8.08am on 08/08!

by VR Sreeraman on Aug 9 2008 5:23 PM

A woman in England gave birth to a baby boy weighing eight pounds at exactly 8.08am this month, which happens to be the eighth month of 2008.

Youth worker Samantha Wilson, who lives in Hull, East Yorkshire, with her partner, was taken to the hospital on Wednesday when her waters broke.

Baby Conner Bolland, however, waited until the exact stroke of 8.08am on Friday to make his remarkable entrance.

"It's just incredible. It wasn't until about an hour before he was born one of the midwives said 'if you can hang on for just a bit longer your baby could be born at 8am,'" the Telegraph quoted the 20-year-old mother.

"He was due on the seventh so it's almost as if he waited for the exact time to make his appearance. He's our first child so obviously he was always going to be special but this has made him unique," Samantha added.

There is yet another reason for Conner Bolland's parents to be happy - eight is considered a lucky number in many cultures.

The Beijing Olympics were deliberately timed to begin at 8.08pm because the Chinese believe that the number eight is lucky, as it sounds similar to their word for 'wealth'.

"We will make him fully aware of how special he is when he is old enough to understand. He was smiling straight away," Samantha said.

"He looks a lot like his dad. I don't really have any ambitions for what I want him to do when he grows up - he can be whoever he wants to be," she added.

Labour ward manager Sue Proctor said: "There's been a real buzz on the ward. We were joking in the morning that maybe one of our new arrivals would be at 8.08am but we never dreamed it would happen. It has to be highly unusual that it all fell into place, it's a real fluke."