Kadlec's first baby of 2011 born at 11:11 a.m.

The number "one" just might become Sunny Luo's lucky number.

The first baby to be born at Richland's Kadlec Regional Medical Center isn't just the first child of his parents, Qingtao Luo, 35, and Haixia Liu, 34, of Richland.

He also was born on 1-1-11 at 11:11 a.m.

And his weight is half of 11 pounds.

Sunny, who already has a head of black hair, wasn't the first baby born in the Tri-Cities in 2011. But he is the one who can say that his birth date and time exactly are the same.

The first baby born in the Tri-Cities was at Kennewick General Hospital, where Fidelia Izazaga Saucedo and Fabio Alfaro of Eltopia welcomed their 7-pound baby boy at 2:29 a.m. Pasco's Lourdes Medical Center had its first baby of the new year arrive at 4:35 a.m.

Although Sunny was the last of the first Tri-Cities babies to arrive, he already spent quite a bit of time in his parents' arms Saturday. The 191/2-inch boy was wrapped in a blue blanket and scrunched his eyes closed while he lay in his mother's arms.

"This is our family," Luo said.

The Luo family were surprised to find out the correlation between Sunny's birth date and time. So was Kadlec's staff, who recognized the pattern when looking at Sunny's chart.

But China celebrates the Lunar New Year in February, so for the Luo family, Jan. 1 doesn't have the same significance. Luo said Sunny was born in the Year of the Tiger, which ends in February.

The Luo family moved to the Tri-Cities from China on Dec. 2. Luo, who has a doctorate in chemical engineering, is a scientist at Battelle.

The most important thing is that Sunny is healthy and happy, Luo said.

When Liu went to a doctor's appointment Friday, Luo said they were told that she needed to have the baby.

Labor was induced Saturday. Aggie Mowry, a Kadlec registered nurse, said Sunny was small and labor would be easier if he came early instead of waiting for the Jan. 8 due date. Kadlec's Dr. Larry Smith delivered Sunny.

At this point, Liu said she plans to be a stay-at-home mom. She has a master's degree in chemical engineering and hopes to go to college at some point to get her doctorate.

The Luo family is living in a one-bedroom apartment in Richland, but Luo said they hope to find a two-bedroom apartment, which would mean Sunny would have a nursery.

Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; kpihl@tricityherald.com