PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg family received the surprise of a lifetime when they welcomed the Mid-Ohio Valley's New Year baby for 2014 on Wednesday morning.
Colton James Wolfe-Williams was welcomed at 8:08 a.m. by Dianna Wolfe and Brandon Williams at the Memorial Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center.
"I never thought he would be born on New Year's Day," said Wolfe following a cesarean section. "His due date was tomorrow (today) but having the first baby of 2014 just never came up."
New parents Dianna Wolfe, right, and Brandon Williams, both of Parkersburg, welcomed New Year Baby 2014 Colton James Wolfe-Williams at 8:08 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center. (Photo by Jolene Craig)
Williams agreed with his partner's comment.
"Him being born on Jan. 1 was the last thing on our minds, but it couldn't have been a better day," said the proud father.
Both parents said they are pleased their newest addition - who weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 inches long - to the family is healthy.
"I am just really glad he is here, but I wish he would have come sooner," Wolfe said. "I was starting to think I would be pregnant forever."
Williams said he cannot wait for Colton to grow up.
"This one is my pride and joy; he's my little man," said the beaming father. "I can't wait to do father and son stuff with him.
"I've always been a kid person and loved kids, so I'm really excited to be his dad."
Colton joins Wolfe's daughter, 2-year-old Abbigail, from a previous relationship.
Marietta Memorial Hospital also saw a New Year's Baby born on Wednesday, a couple of hours after the Parkersburg birth.
Not long after his cousin gave birth on Christmas Day, Belpre Township resident Jeff Welsch wondered aloud about the chances of his daughter with fiancee Brielle Thomas being born on New Year's Day.
He didn't really expect it to happen, but Brooklyn Ann Welsch had other plans.
At 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Brooklyn became the first baby born in Washington County in 2014, tipping the scales at 5 pounds, 9 ounces, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
"She wasn't due 'til Jan. 22," said Thomas, 26.
That meant some of the preparations for Brooklyn - who shares a middle name with her dad's mother and mom's grandmother - weren't complete by the time she arrived.
"She'll be going with me to my baby shower," Thomas laughed.
Welsch, 28, will officially become the stepfather to Thomas' 6-year-old daughter when the couple marries this year, but having a new baby is "a whole different experience, that's for sure."
"I'm glad she knows what she's doing," Welsch said of his fiancee. "This'll be my first rodeo."
Not far away at the hospital on Wednesday, Dunham Township residents Roxanne and Dave Cline were relaxing with the newest addition to their family - Cheyanne Elizabeth Cline, born at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday, the last addition to Washington County's population in 2013.
Like Brooklyn, Cheyanne came a little earlier than expected, beating her Jan. 6 due date by a week. Dave Cline said MMH is definitely the most unusual place he and his wife have spent New Year's Eve.
"Usually we take the kids and go somewhere, over to my mom's or my brother's," he said.
The couple have three sons - Brandon, 7; Wyatt, 5; and Nathaniel, 2 - and said they were excited about having a little sister.
"They were down here today, bouncing around," Dave said of his sons.
Welcoming a girl into a family of boys is a little bit of history repeating for Dave Cline, the oldest of five children, the first four of whom were boys. Now, he said, Roxanne will have someone to pal around with while her husband and sons do guy stuff.
"We can go fishing and hunting, and they can go shopping together," he laughed.
Cheyanne's name is a link to her family, sharing four letters with Roxanne and her mother, Maryanne.
"Anne's a family tradition. So the name 'Anne' had to be in it," Roxanne said.
Her middle name is Elizabeth, after Roxanne's grandmother.