Tyler Anthony Morrison and his family celebrated two holidays Tuesday, New Year's Day and Tyler's birthday. Tyler was born to Christina and Jay Morrison of Nikiski at 8:43 a.m. at Central Peninsula General Hospital, making him the first central peninsula baby of the new year.
He weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21 1/2 inches. Christina went into labor around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning and delivered her son almost seven hours later. There were no complications with the birth, and both mother and baby are doing fine.
"He's awesome. I couldn't ask for anything more," Christina said. "This was the best thing to happen to us."
Christina worked with children for seven years at a preschool and now plans to be an at-home mom. Jay works as an engineer and EMT for the Nikiski Fire Department. The new parents spent the morning after the delivery bonding with their new family member.
"He's great," said Jay, who witnessed the birth of his son. "I didn't know what to expect, being the first baby. Everybody -- family members and friends -- have been really helpful. I don't know how to explain it, this is so unreal."
Tyler is the first child of Christina and Jay. He is the grandson of Donald and Adrienne Goforth of Soldotna and Russ and Jan Morrison of Soldotna. He is the great-grandson of Audrey Springer of Soldotna, Amy Springer of Homer, Sylvia Morrison of Puyallup, Wash., and Fred and Jesse Soper of Sumner, Wash.
The delivery went fairly fast for a first-born, said Adrienne Goforth -- Christina's mother.
"He's a beautiful baby," Goforth said. "He's got dark hair, and quite a bit of it for a little guy."
Even though Tyler is a first child, he is fairly well stocked in the clothes and diapers department, Christina said. Apparently his grandparents started their role of spoiling the baby early.
"We've kind of been doing it for a while," Goforth said. "We've know it would be a boy for quite a while, so both the grandmas have been carried away with things already."
Tyler's grandparents aren't the only ones offering gifts to welcome the new baby. As the first baby of 2002, Tyler and his parents will receive gifts and gift certificates from several area merchants. They include a $50 savings bond, flowers, diapers and framed pictures.
Christina's due date was Saturday, but Tyler apparently wanted to wait a few more days before joining the world.
"It was excellent timing," Jay said.
"But he could have been born a week ago or a week from now, it doesn't really matter to me. Just as long as he's here."
It is impossible to predict the types of experiences Tyler will have in his life or the kind of world he will grow up in, especially after the events of Sept. 11 and subsequent months.
According to Goforth, parents are always concerned about what kind of world they are bringing their child into.
"You make it the best you can for them and hope they do well with whatever is given to them," she said.
Christina and Jay said they don't think Tyler will face a drastically changed world and aren't worrying about it for the moment. For now they are busy enough preparing to take their new baby home and starting their roles as parents.
"We're just going to take it a day at a time as he grows up," Christina said. "We don't want to rush things. We want to take him as he is."
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