ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — When a new baby enters the world, the time and date are always marked with celebration.
It will be easy for the Spear family to always remember the exact moment their new baby arrived!
Baby Judah Grace was born at Alamance Regional on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at 2:22 a.m. - get this - in labor and delivery room 2!
After 26 hours of labor, first-time parents Aberli and Hank Spear welcomed their baby girl into the world.
"I heard all the nurses screaming in excitement and I was like, 'what is happening,'" Aberli said. "I looked at him and I was like, 'what time was she born?' He was like, '2:22,' and I was like, 'oh, okay!'"
The couple said their daughter's birthday isn't just numerically special.
"Her name means 'praise'," Aberli said. "Judah, that's why we picked that name because I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in 2014 and we were told that we probably couldn't have kids."
The couple said Aberli was diagnosed with cancer just three months after they met. The possibility of not having children was a fate husband Hank said he accepted.
"Eventually, every man says they don't want kids, but they do, they do," Hank said.
Weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, the couple said their bundle of joy and the numbers 2-22 will always serve as a reminder to never lose hope, even when the odds are stacked against you.
"God's perfect timing; He never makes mistakes," Aberli said.
Grandma Kristi Engelbrecht called WFMY News 2, shortly after baby Judah's birth, excited to share the special birthday date and time!
Even the team at Alamance Regional got in on the "2" celebration, showing off their 2's. They also gave baby Judah a special hat with two bows.
Engelbrecht said Judah's birth really is a miracle, because of what her daughter has been through. Aberli battled cancer for six years. Now, she's the mommy to a precious baby girl.
"Judah is a reminder of all things good, God's promises kept, and a community pulling together for the good of one another," Engelbrecht said.
Both mom and baby are doing well.