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Cindy and Ben’s Story

Cynthia and Benjamin
Cindy and Ben Hill spend some family time with daughter, Miranda, and twins, Anabelle and Benjamin III.
Cindy and Ben Hill didn’t plan on a 12-12-12 birth date for their twins, let alone the 12:12 pm arrival for the first-born, Benjamin Joseph Hill III.

They’re thrilled, though, by the once-in-a-century good luck associated with such numerical alignments and, even more so, by the addition to their family of healthy Benjamin and sister Anabelle Rose. She arrived at 12:13 pm at Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC).

Cindy Hill originally was scheduled for a Caesarian section by obstetrician Katherine Bachman, M.D., on December 18th, the birthday of their grandfather Benjamin Hill I. The babies, though, had different plans.

Cindy started having contractions the evening before and headed the morning of December 12th to a scheduled appointment with Dr. Bachman. She was sent immediately from the office to UVMC’s Women’s Services. It was just after noon when the surgery began.

As the babies started to be delivered, the time was noted as arriving at 12:12 pm, Ben Hill said. “Once it was within a minute (of 12:12 pm), it was like, OK. It was going to be within a minute or two of that,” Cindy Hill said of her son’s special arrival time. Anabelle followed quickly, but missed 12:12.

“I think it is really cool they picked the day themselves,” Cindy Hill said of the children’s arrival. “They both get 12-12-12. He gets the exact minute.”

Clearly, unique dates run in the North Star couple’s family: Ben Hill was born on 8-8-88 and weighed 8 pounds. The Hills were married on 12-11-10.

Ben admitted a special attraction to numbers. He always considered eight as his lucky number. “It was always my number in sports. I also have an affinity for even numbers, I don’t know if it is because of eight or what,” he said.

The couple has another daughter, Mariah, age 15 months. Cindy Hill is from North Star, while Ben Hill is from Shaker Heights, Ohio. They met while students at The Ohio State University and celebrated their second anniversary Dec. 11th.