Our Eleven Baby Boy

April 02, 2014

When Angela Hockaday was admitted to the new Women’s Pavilion at Providence Holy Cross about 8 p.m. Nov. 10 to deliver her fifth child, the nursing staff wondered if she just might be the one. Since witnessing the delivery 13 months earlier of a baby born at 10:10 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2010 (10-10-10,) their excitement brewed for an 11:11 a.m. baby on 11-11-11.

And with the opening of the new Labor and Deliver suites in the hospital’s new South Wing, having a Room 1111 added to the anticipation.

At 11 a.m. it looked promising. The doctor was on his way and Hockaday, 38, had begun pushing. Five minutes later, her obstetrician Farid Yasharpour, M.D., raced down the hall to her room and outside nurses watched a computer monitor that showed her progress – and the time. With 30 seconds to spare before the clock hit 11:12, cheers erupted from Hockaday’s room, a celebration that spread throughout the floor.

Alexander David Hockaday Ruiz weighed in at 9-pounds and 4 ounces and measured 21 inches of healthy baby boy. Father Peter Ruiz, Alexander’s four siblings and his grandmothers gathered with their mother. The infant was soon dressed for news cameras in a gift from his dad – a Dodger outfit, with matching booties. Ruiz said his dream is seeing Alexander grow up to be “then next Clayton Kershaw.”