COVINGTON -- Today, about 490,000 babies will be born worldwide. For Covington mom Christina Antonion, the day will be extra special.
Antonion will welcome her 11th child through induced labor Friday --on 11/11/11.
"I just feel really wonderful that I've been able to have 11 children and very blessed," she said. "And the date is very special because of the 11."
Antonion said she and her husband did not plan to induce labor for their 11th child on Nov. 11 because of the numbers -- it was purely accidental.
"It really wasn't planned as in this is the date we'll have the baby, but planned as in this is the first week we can induce labor," she said. "It's the best option for our family, the safest option. It did end up being really neat."
The Antonion children consist of six boys and four girls, ranging in age from 2 to 24. Their mother said she is a little nervous about the birth of child number 11, but her other emotions outweigh her nerves.
"I'm excited and I'm very happy, and I'm very happy that it's a little girl," Antonion said. "We haven't had a girl in five years. I can't wait to meet her, hold her and show her some love."
The date Nov. 11 is considered historically significant, as well. The Armistice, or agreement to end fighting during World War I, became effective Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. It was later declared a holiday in many of the Allied nations.
"Eleven-eleven is actually Nov. 11 at the 11th hour when World War I was declared over," said Tommy Clack, director of Veterans Services. "Worldwide people have celebrated for years. In 1952, President Eisenhower changed it to Veterans Day. It commemorates veterans on the day that was supposed to end all wars."
Others attach the number 11 to something more intangible.
Eleven is regarded among some gamblers as a "lucky" number, but Wake Forest researcher Eric Carlson disputes this, stating people have a fascination with Nov. 11, 2011, because of the repetitive pattern in the numbers.
Antonion said she did not necessarily think the number 11 held any significance or luck.
"I think the number 11 is a number pretty much like any other number. It's ending up being a pretty neat number for us because it is our 11th child," she said. "But we like numbers one through 10, too."