By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Blessing Hospital waited nearly two whole days into 2013 to celebrate the first baby of the year.
Tasha and Steve Finton welcomed Tanner Bryant Finton into their family on Wednesday at 9:51 p.m. The infant boy weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Tanner joined two brothers, Coy and Lane.
Both mother and child are healthy, and Tasha Finton looks forward to bringing her third son home and spending some alone time with him. The infant sported a small fuzzy stocking cap and stretched his fingers as his experienced mother cradled him carefully in her arms. The bundle of joy made little noise and fidgeted only slightly.
"He's quiet and calm, and he's a good baby," Tasha said.
Kathy Mixer, director of maternity services, said it's not unheard of that the hospital has to wait to welcome the first baby of the new year. The number of births in a day varies immensely. A couple of days may pass without a single newborn, but another day might have 10, she said.
As the first baby of the year, Blessed Beginnings: The Birth Center of Blessing Hospital presented Tanner's family with gifts from more nearly 40 local merchants, organizations and individuals. Tanner arrived almost a week before his due date, and Tasha Finton hadn't expected he would be Blessing's first baby of the year.
"It was a (surprise)," Tasha said. "It was a run for the money."
Mixer said Blessing welcomed two babies Wednesday evening. Tanner arrived just before the second child, who was born at 9:58 p.m.
"They were neck and neck," Mixer said.