SOUTH OGDEN — If he hadn’t been the first baby of the year in the Top of Utah, and possibly the State of Utah, the story of Jaden Adams’ birth could be told in one word.
Jaden was born just five seconds after midnight Sunday morning at the birthing center at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
“The nurses were counting down and right after they counted down, they heard him cry,” said Jaden’s mother, Sandy Adams, 22, of Ogden.
Jaden weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces, 211⁄2 inches and was the first New Year’s baby for his doctor, Fred Seale.
“He’s a big boy,” said his dad, Bryant Adams, 26.
But it was the uneventful part of the story that brought comfort to the mother and father, both first-time parents.
“We were both C-sections,” Sandy Adams said of her and her husband. “We were worried.”
Indeed, there were moments Saturday evening when doctors didn’t think the birth was going to go so smooth.
“They had to do two ultra sounds,” said the mother. “They thought his bum was down. It was just his cheek on his face.”
But the birth, indeed was void of anything that makes good reading.
“He made it easy,” said the mother of her son. “He knew I was scared.”
Jaden was the first in a long line of Top of Utah first babies of the year to be born on his actual due date.
Sandy Adams said the birth was surprisingly easy for her.
“It was a good day,” she said of her labor Saturday. “I slept the whole time.”
The benefactor of modern medicine, an epidural, Sandy Adams said she was very calm during her 19-hour labor process.
“I woke up at 5 a.m., with water everywhere,” she said of how it began.
She and her husband were at the hospital by 5:30 a.m., and by 9 a.m., she had her epidural.
Sandy Adams said she slept until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, when she began pushing. Her baby was born an hour later.
“She slept all day long,” said Bryant Adams.
“We sat and watched movies all day,” he said, adding that both sets of grandparents stuck around waiting to be some of the first to hold the baby.
Sandy and Bryant Adams said they weren’t aiming to have the first baby of 2012, noting the money in tax write-offs the family missed by a few seconds.
And they could have used the money, they quipped.
Bryant Adams is going to school at Weber State University and plans to become a police officer.
He was glad to have his son born on time so he could head off to class today for the start of spring semester.
“It was nice when he came,” Bryant Adams said. “I have school.”
Sandy Adams is a hairdresser who has worked in Layton.
She said she looks forward to moving at least some of her clients to her home salon so she can spend more time with her baby.
“We’ve been ready for two weeks,” Sandy Adams said. “We were planning around Christmas but he just never came.”
The two joked about how Bryant Adams wanted to wait until his son was born to open Jadan’s many Christmas presents.
But Sandy Adams won out, talking her husband into taking turns opening Jaden’s presents.
Born first this year at Davis Hospital and Medical Center was Alice Ivy Long. Her parents are Zach and Elyse Long.
Making her debut at 1:13 a.m. Sunday, she weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces.
The first baby of 2012 born at the Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton came at 4:46 p.m. Sunday.
Maribel Gricelda Pablo-Velasquez is the daughter of Santa Elena Garcia-Velasquez and Elias Pablo-Ramos.
She weighed in at 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 181⁄2 inches long.
Because of complications with the birth of the first baby born this year at McKay-Dee Hospital, officials were unable to get the mother’s consent Sunday for release of that baby’s information.