Congratulations to the 2019 New Year's families!
By Kristy Bleizeffer Jan 2, 2019
Nothing like starting the new year with a mini baby boom!
Wyoming Medical Center rang in 2019 with four New Year's babies. They were born at 4:30 a.m., 7:59 a.m., 8:05 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. (And that's on top of the three babies born on New Year's Eve.)
Congratulations to each of the families, and we wish you a 2019 filled with joy, prosperity and as much sleep as you can manage.
New Year's baby No. 1: Dax Foster
When more than one family is close to delivering on New Year's Eve, it tends to get a little competitive on the Mother and Baby unit. Each nurse, physician or tech inwardly wants their patient to give birth to the first baby of the year.
Chelsea and Brian Foster didn't even consider a New Year's birth since she was scheduled for induction on Jan. 8.
But on New Year's Eve, sitting on her couch, her water broke and put her in the game.
"As weird as it sounds, it felt like everyone was cheering for us. The nurses, our family, everyone," Chelsea said. "Everyone back home is two hours ahead of us, so it was kind of like a party the whole time up here."
Brian is a recruiter for the U.S. Air Force, and he and Chelsea have lived in Casper for about a year and a half. Their families, who hail from Georgia and North Carolina, kept track of the baby's progress via cell phone.
Dax Foster was born at 4:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2019. He was the very first baby of the year born at Wyoming Medical Center. He is also the first baby for Brian and Chelsea.
"I'm super nervous, not going to lie. It's probably one of the scariest things I've ever done," Brian said. "But she seems to be a natural at it."
New Year's Baby No. 2: Lilly Aurora Marie Brooks
Lilly Aurora Marie Brooks was named by her 9-year-old brother, who is already in love, according to their mother, Cielo Brooks.
Her initials will be L.A.M.B., so her brother has already nicknamed her Lambchop.
Cielo and her husband, Chris, had already decided on the middle names: "Aurora," is the Roman Goddess of Dawn, and Cielo's middle name is "Dawn." "Marie" for the middle name of Chris' mother.
Lilly was the second baby born in 2019. Her parents arrived at the hospital at 4:30 a.m. and she came at 7:59 a.m.
"It was quick and easy," Cielo said. "I would have liked to have had the first baby of the year, but I'm glad just to have her. We heard that the woman before us was in here for like 16 hours, so she deserves it!"
New Year's Baby No. 4: Everly Ann Fitzgerald
Sliding in at 6:15 p.m., Everly Ann Fitzgerald was the last New Year's baby of 2019. (We can make that a thing, right?)
She's also the second baby for Kylie Kassman and Drew Fitzgerald.
Like the Fosters, Kylie didn't think she'd have a New Year's baby. She wasn't due until the middle of January, but her doctor decided to induce on Dec. 31 because of a spike in her blood pressure.
Kylie wasn't sure if she was supposed to stay up until the stroke of midnight in the hospital, but she got a video call from her 5-year-old son at home. She wished him "Happy New Year" and tried to go back to sleep.
Her son came and visited his new sister the next day, already wearing her "Little Sister" cap.
His first question: "Can I have a brother now?"