When Shannen and Trevor Day arrived at Kadlec Regional Medical Center at 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, the idea that their son would be the first Tri-Cities baby born in 2014 seemed like a good joke.
But just 15 minutes after midnight, the Prosser couple welcomed Declan Christian Day into their lives.
On Wednesday morning, Declan was firmly keeping his eyes closed while napping in his mother’s arms. Shannen Day said Declan had been sleeping most of the morning, only crying a few times.
While grandma and great grandma were on hand for Declan’s birth, his older brothers Timothy Anderson, 11, and Daniel Anderson, 9, planned to visit with more family on Wednesday afternoon.
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Both boys were thrilled to have a new brother, Trevor Day said.
Labor lasted only about five hours, in comparison to his brothers, who took 12 hours and 20 hours, said Shannen Day, who works for Bunnell Family Cellar and Wine O’Clock restaurant in Prosser.
Declan was about three weeks early, but Trevor Day said they were happy to make it to 37 weeks. Declan had tried to make an earlier appearance at 34 weeks, but doctors were able to stop labor.
The couple said they played it safe, not making plans on New Year’s Eve, since Shannen Day’s older two sons were also early arrivals.
Declan, weighing about 5 pounds, 8 ounces, was delivered by Dr. Richard Lorenzo.
The couple hoped to be able to take him home on Thursday.
For Trevor Day, a production manager at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Columbia Crest, Declan is his first child.
“He’s so beautiful,” Trevor Day said. “I couldn’t be any happier or any more excited.”
The couple said they chose Declan’s name in part because they wanted a less common name. It’s an old Irish name, a nod to his father’s Irish heritage.
The attention the family has gotten because of Declan being the first baby born in the Tri-Cities in 2014 has felt a little weird, Shannen Day said.
“Having a baby is such a private family thing,” she said.
As Kadlec’s first baby, Declan received a gift basket from Kadlec’s Auxiliary Gift Shop along with a baby blanket hand-sewn by auxiliary members.
Trios Health’s first baby of the year was born to Ericka and Raul of Kennewick at about 5:32 a.m. Wednesday. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce.