BOSTON (AP) -- With a little help from her mother, Noelle Joy Klinker started life as a happy coincidence.
The newborn's parents welcomed her into the world at 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-12 after her mother was in labor for about 12 hours.
Weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce, the 21.5-inch-long infant was born Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to parents Colleen and Joe Klinker.
Her proud papa, a 31-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant and public affairs officer, said the timing was mostly a coincidence. At 12:11 p.m., Colleen Klinker saved the final push until the clock ticked to a minute later.
"I definitely never, ever expected anything like this and it's really cool," the 33-year-old homemaker and former teacher said. "But I am just so happy to be holding her safe in my arms ... I would have taken her at any day, any time."
Noelle's dad said they chose the newborn's middle name for a reason. He said her arrival was a special blessing after he and his wife lost a daughter Melody. She never took a breath after her birth last October.
Noelle joins big sister Gracie, 5, and big brother J.T., 4, as part of the Reading family.
Wearing a shirt that said "Best Sister Ever," Gracie helped feed her sister a bottle after meeting her for the first time.
"I was really excited because my first little sister went up to heaven. And now, I got a new sister," she said, as her parents held back tears.
Colleen Klinker said spirits were high in the delivery room and she was laughing as Noelle was born.
"If this has anything to do with the rest of her life, she'll bring the party," Colleen said.