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Cape baby boasts the rarest of birthdays
February 5, 2020

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It was a birth date more than 900 years in the making.

On Sunday, a Cape Coral baby was born at Cape Coral Hospital on one of the rarest dates on Earth -- the first global palindrome in 909 years, Feb. 2, or 02/02/2020.

It is the only date this century where the same numbers read right-to-left and backwards left-to-right.

What's even more remarkable is that Kimberly and Bryce Fowler welcomed their baby boy Bryson into the world on Sunday at 2:20 p.m.

And Bryson was 19.5 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces -- the same length as his mom, the same weight of his dad, years ago.

"My parents told me I was born with the same weight, but not only those lucky numbers, but the date and the timing makes it feel there's a great significance with the universe," Bryce said. "My grandmother said there was something very spiritual about it."

Kimberly was due on Jan. 29, but Bryson wasn't ready just yet. She said it was really cool that his birth happened when it did.

"I wasn't paying too much attention to the clock, but the nurse started shouting the date, and we got all excited about the event," Kimberly said, as she packed before heading home with their swaddled newborn. "It's really cool that we have this baby."

Bryson is the first child born to the Fowlers, both of whom graduated from Ida Baker High School and are lifelong Cape residents.

Bryce graduated in 2013, while Kimberly graduated three years later.

They have also adopted two sons, who also have birthdays with consecutive numbers. One was born 09/09/07 and the other 06/10/10, with Bryson, coming in at 02/02/20, continuing the tradition on both Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday.

According to CNN, the last time a global palindrome date -- month-day-year or day-month-year -- occurred was 909 years ago on 11/11/1111.

The next time it happens again will be in 101 years, on 12/12/2121.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to better clarify the definition of a global palindrome, which is a date that encompasses all date formats.

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