Cheyenne Shouse’s friends and family had a feeling she would have a New Year’s baby, but she didn’t realize he would be the New Year’s baby.
“Everybody kept telling me I wouldn’t make it to the 14th, that I would have a New Year’s baby,” said Shouse. “I didn’t think he was going to be the first. There was actually a woman who was being induced, but she wound up having her baby an hour and a half after me.”
On Tuesday at 4:44 p.m., Hunter Jace Shouse was born and officially became the first baby of 2013 in Wilson County. He was born in the same room at University Medical Center where his older brother, Kayden, was born nearly two years ago. The Shouse family will celebrate Kayden’s birthday on Jan. 18.
Dr. Burton Shannon delivered Hunter Shouse, who weighed 5 pounds, 13.6 ounces and was 17 inches long. Though his arrival was somewhat rapid and premature, it wasn’t unexpected.
“[On Tuesday,] I just woke up and had some cramping feeling,” said Cheyenne Shouse. “I drove about three miles and told my mom I was really hurting. The contractions were so bad that I was clawing my mom’s arm as she drove me to the hospital. When I got here, I was dilated to 7.5 inches. They had to hurry and get my blood work done.”
Cheyenne Shouse, who lives in Gordonsville, said she was at the hospital a little more than two hours before Hunter arrived. But it wasn’t her first trip to the hospital. She said she was admitted on Christmas night for contractions, but was later released.
For Cheyenne Shouse, the experience of having the first child of 2013 would be memorable for years to come.
“I thought it was really cool,” she said. “I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before.”