LAYTON -- The parents of the first baby born in the Top of Utah for 2014 wondered Wednesday if God might have had something to do with their baby coming a bit early.
"We definitely weren't thinking that we'd have the first baby of the year," said father Marc Johnson of Bountiful.
He said his extended family, who the couple was celebrating with when they left for Davis Hospital & Medical Center, didn't think they would be having the baby so soon either.
"They didn't say it to our faces until after she had the baby," the father said. "They thought the hospital would send us back home."
Krista and Marc Johnson, both 25, weren't expecting baby Marc Hunter Johnson until Saturday when they were going to induce labor to ensure that the mother and baby got both the doctor, Dave Bierer, and the hospital their insurance preferred. The baby was due Jan. 11.
But they said God seemed to take control during a family New Year's Eve party Tuesday night and Krista kept having contractions until she decided around 7:30 p.m. that it was time to head to the hospital.
One of the people doubting that Krista was in actual labor was her sister, Jessica Krivanec, 21, of Bountiful.
"I told her 'I think I am going to the hospital tonight,'" Krista said. "She said, 'They will just send you home.'"
But Krivanec, who was leaving on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-say Saints, was reportedly glad to get to meet the baby before she left for the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Wednesday.
"She was able to come and see him for a minute," Krista said. "She was excited. It was a really nice feeling in the room. She called him beautiful. It was very emotional when she left."
The baby, who weighed in at 7 pounds and 7 ounces and was 20 inches long, will be known to the world by his middle name of Hunter.
Hunter, who was born at 1:39 a.m. Wednesday, is the second child born to the happy couple.
Sister Allyson is 15 months old.
The Top of Utah's first baby is the 20th grandchild in his father's family and the fourth grandchild, but first grandson, in his mother's family.
Krista said after the 26 hours of labor it took to bring her daughter into the world, she was surprised when Hunter came after just seven hours of labor.
The couple believes it was a cold Krista was suffering from that led to her early labor and delivery.
"We were thinking that it could be because of her coughing and chasing a 15-month-old around trying to keep her occupied that she went into labor," Marc said.
Krista said she was nervous to be a mother of two children who are both so young but she said she was grateful for her mother, Denice Krivanec, of Bountiful, who was taking a week off from her job to help her settle into her new role.
Krista said she already was aware of the fact that sleep would become a well-sought commodity before she missed out on having any chance to relax Tuesday night.
"Since I wasn't feeling well, I thought 'Oh, I'm just going to go to bed early," the new mother said.
But the reality was that Krista didn't get any sleep until 6 a.m. Wednesday, well after Hunter was born.
Krista is a full-time homemaker. Marc is employed as a store manager at Southfork Hardware.
The two said they would make good use of a $500 gift basket filled with diapers, wipes, a $150 gift card to Target, a $100 savings bond and a host of other prizes given to them by Davis Hospital & Medical Center for having the first baby of the year at the facility.
But they didn't fret at all about missing out on another tax deduction they could have taken for 2013 if their baby had come just a few hours earlier.
The first baby of the year born at McKay-Dee Hospital in South Ogden was a girl, Evelyn Ann Hunt, born to Hannah and Aaron Hunt at 2:39 a.m. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.
No babies were reported as having been born Wednesday, as of about 5 p.m., at either Ogden Regional Medical Center or Brigham City Community Hospital.
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