But Haidyn Timothy Yates arrived when he was ready at 5:09 p.m., the first baby born in 2014 at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky Jan. 1.
The first child to his engaged parents, Kirsten Smith and Timothy Yates, of Fremont, the infant, cozy in a green onesie and yellow mittens, slept soundly Thursday evening while mom and dad awaited their supper.
The only baby born in the hospital on New Year’s Day, his arrival excited the young couple, even after the lengthy wait.
“He was being so stubborn,” Smith, 24, said.
“Those are traits he gets from his mother” Yates, 25, said.
He was due to arrive Dec. 30, but a checkup with the doctor showed he wasn’t quite ready yet, and his parents were expecting to induce labor early next week.
After they got ready to go to a New Year’s Eve party Tuesday, the baby boy decided it was time, and they were at Firelands by 11:30 p.m.
Smith endured the wait without an epidural anesthetic and 18 hours later, Haidyn was here.
“It’s like she was meant to do it,” Yates said.
“It didn’t really hit us until after we had him,” the new mom said. “I keep telling him, he looks so much like you from the nose down and everything else is me”
On their arrival home, they’ll be greeted by their German Shephard mix, Rex, whose been great with children. “He’ll be his protector” Smith said.
The couple plans to move back to Arizona soon, where Smith is from, and where they’ll have their wedding on June 25, 2016, a date that’s the anniversary of the start of their relationship. Now, however, they have another special date for their new family. “Everyone will always be celebrating his birthday, right down to the ball dropping” Yates said.