AS IF they weren't special enough as it is, triplets Zoe, Damon and Ruby Glaros are about to have their first birthday on a special day.
The adorable trio, who were also born two months premature, turn one on Wednesday - 12/12/2012.
For parents Karen and John Glaros of Karalee, it's just another reason to celebrate their extraordinary good fortune.
"It's just a funny thing they're going to be 12 months old on the 12th of the 12th 2012," John said yesterday.
"We're not superstitious."
However, they are having a big party today with 100 people, a pig on a spit, baby animal farm and an adult jumping castle.
"Because it's a celebration for us as well: 'Yes, we made it to a year'," John said gleefully.
Another achievement to celebrate is the triplets are all healthy and meeting development targets for their age.
"That's the amazing part," he said. "They had brain scans, developmental tests, blood tests and they have to go back for checks every few months, but they're going great guns."
Clearly there's never a dull moment in the Glaros household these days. A play pen in the living room is Karen's "sanity saver" so she can turn her back on the livewire trio once in a while.
"Zoe is very much a little princess, Damon is a typical boy and Ruby is a character; a wag; the cheeky one," Karen said.
"They even look so different.
"It has its challenges, but if you're having a bad day, one of them looks at you and smiles and it just makes everything so much better. Just one smile changes it all.
"And they're getting to the stage now where they'll just walk up and cuddle you and that's so special."
John and Karen say their lives are ruled by routine and only being able to make "loose plans" but they wouldn't change it for the world. And they haven't written off the possibility of more children.
All the Twelves
- The number 12 is significant in both the sacred and the secular: 12 gods living on Mount Olympus; 12 zodiac signs; Jesus' 12 disciples, the 12 days of Christmas; 12 months of the year.
- The number also has special meaning for certain cultures and in numerology.
- Hospital are said to be feeling the pressure of parents who want delivery on that date.
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