Eclipse baby

Mariel Olp has a date with a surgeon Monday at 12:30 p.m. to deliver her baby by C-section, so she'll likely be in the delivery room at the time of Monday's total solar eclipse.

ERIC GREGORY, Journal Star

Rose Esther Olp may well be Lincoln's eclipse baby. 

By some happy accident, her parents, Mariel and Landon Olp, scheduled a cesarean section birth at Bryan East Campus on Monday, with Dr. Corwin Friesen presiding. 

The parents knew an eclipse was approaching in August. 

Their other babies were born through C-sections, and Rose Esther would follow that pattern. And in scheduling with the doctor, Aug. 21 was the earliest time they could get before Mariel's due date.  

"And we're like, 'Oh, all right. Let's pick it. Great. Monday sounds good,'" she said. 

And then they went home, and a couple of days later realized "Oh, we picked the same day as the solar eclipse."

At first they were a little bummed. They wouldn't be able to go out and watch the moon pass in front of the sun. Mariel, who is a photographer, would miss the picture-taking phenomenon of the century.  

But then it made them smile. 

"The surgery is scheduled for 12:30, so right around when the eclipse will be at its peak," she said. 

But they won't miss out altogether. The operating room in the Bryan Family Birthplace has two sets of large, tinted windows that face east to let in the natural light — and dark. At the time of the eclipse, the sun will be almost directly over the hospital. 

"So we joke, we'll have the best view in the house," Mariel said. 

As their baby is born, they will be able to see the sky go from light, fade into darkness and grow light again. 

During their second daughter's birth, they watched through those windows as snow fell. 

At a recent baby shower, Landon's co-workers suggested eclipse names for the baby, Solaris for one. Luna for another.  

"Although that would be really, really neat and creative, we're not doing any cool solar eclipse names," Mariel said. 

Rose will join two sisters: Olivia, 5, and Lucy, 2. 

Landon Olp is a research and development scientist and Mariel was a teacher for a time at Lincoln Lutheran middle and high schools, but stays at home with her kids now. 

It's not scientific, but in astrology circles solar eclipses are known as dramatic wild cards, known for shaking things up a bit, says Romper.com.

They say that babies born on a day when the moon eclipses the sun can be unusually fearless and independent. They come into the world being sprinkled with added energy for life, a kind of cosmic dusting from the atmospheric opening provided by the eclipse, the legend goes. 

It will be fun, Mariel said, to be able to write in Rose's baby book about her entrance timed perfectly to a rare celestial event.

"That's pretty awesome," she said.  

Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or jyoung@journalstar.com

On Twitter @LJSLegislature.

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