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11-11-11 baby boom at Southland hospitals

November 11, 2011 |  6:10 pm

At least four babies were born in Southern California on Friday to share in the hoopla around 11-11-11.

One of them, Sofia Evelise Guerrero, came on her mother's birthday at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro. A second, Alexander David Hockaday Ruiz, was born at 11:11 a.m. in Room 1111 of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Neither was delivered by caesarean section, hospital spokeswomen said, but Alexander had a little help.

Holy Cross spokeswoman Patricia Aidem said she had planned to move an expectant mother into Room 1111 to see if a birth would happen at the magic hour. Still, it came as a happy surprise when a huge cheer went up just as 11:11 a.m. flashed on Angela Hockaday's fetal monitor, Aidem said.

"They were thrilled about the coincidence," Aidem said of the parents. "They just thought it was fun."

Alexander weighed in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces. His father showed him off to the media in full Dodger regalia, Aidem said.

"He's convinced he's the next Clayton Kershaw," Aidem said.

From her hospital bed in San Pedro, Evelyn Sanchez, 23, said Sofia was a mixed blessing: the 7-pound, 6-ounce daughter was a wonderful birthday present, she said, but it's probably the last time anybody will care about mom's birthday. And her husband is already worrying about having to come up with two presents the same day every year, she said, laughing.

"At first I was kind of bummed because I didn't want to share my birthday; now I have no choice," Sanchez said. "It's just a lucky day for me. Eleven is my favorite number."

Two other births on the lucky day were also reported at area hospitals.

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