Early Wednesday morning, one lucky Norwalk family welcomed in the first 2014 baby born in the Register coverage area, more than a week early, but happy and healthy.
Josh and Sarah Smith knew the routine when the mother of now three children started to go into labor at about 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
A few hours later, at 1:33 a.m., came Colton Smith, the first baby born at Fisher-Titus Regional Medical Center this year, delivered by Dr. James Kasten — none other than Sarah’s employer.
Colton couldn’t come soon enough for his older brother, Noah, age 7.
He and his sister Josie, 6, waited out the new year and the birth of their baby brother at their grandma Barb Smith’s house.
“Noah kept saying, ‘Text Dad, see if my brother is here yet,’” Barb said Wednesday morning, visiting with her son and daughter-in-law as her grandchildren cuddled on either side of their mother to get a closer look at the infant.
Noah stayed awake long enough the night before to see the ball drop, but Josie gave in to sleep by 10 p.m.
Wide-eyed hours later, tablet in hand, Josie was already building a family album for Colton, complete with video clips of his coos and cries during his first hours of life.
“She must have taken 100 pictures already,” her mother said, rocking and smiling at her newest baby boy, cuddled in a blue knit sweater on the blustery day.
“I just knew they’d be so excited,” Sarah said.
The proud parents managed to escape the messy roads the night before, arriving at the hospital before the New Year’s Eve flakes had started to fall.
Colton’s timing, besides making his birthday unforgettable, couldn’t have been more perfect. His dad will head out for Atlanta to train for a new job in the next week, and
Josh was scheduled to leave before his baby boy was due to arrive.
“He’s got a good birthday,” Sarah said.