Tammy and Dylan Grimes spend the day watching over newborn son Cody James Grimes at Central Peninsula General Hospital. Cody was born at 12:40 a.m. on New Year's day.
Cody James Grimes earned his way into the new year as did his mother. After 29 hours of labor, Tammy Grimes gave birth to Cody, the first 2007 Kenai/Soldotna area baby born at Central Peninsula General Hospital.
On Monday morning, Cody’s very sleepy father, Dylan Grimes, of Sterling, said Cody was delivered via caesarean section at 12:40 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces.
At about 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dylan said he had taken a short nap at about 4 a.m. after Cody was born, but said he had otherwise not slept since Tammy went into labor.
Tammy first went into labor Saturday night just as she and Dylan were about to watch a movie at home, Dylan said. And by about 7 p.m. the couple was at the hospital eagerly awaiting Cody’s arrival.
Twenty-nine hours later and five days after his due date, Cody arrived and, although Tammy and Dylan finally had their first little bundle of joy in their arms, Dylan said he thought it was still too early to tell if Cody looked more like his mother or father.
But at least now they know they have a boy rather than a girl.
It would have been easy to ask a doctor to determine whether their baby would be a boy or girl, but Tammy said she wanted to wait to find out after the baby was born.
She said asking a doctor their baby’s sex before it was born would take away the surprise like asking someone what’s inside a birthday gift before you open it.
Dylan said he and Tammy came up with the baby boy’s name together, and picked Cody James in part because they liked the way it sounded.
“We wanted something pretty general, you know nothing crazy, (but) something original,” he said.
Tammy said Cody was also named after her friend’s 14-year-old son, who died last spring and was given his middle name, James, after his grandfather on Dylan’s side of the family.
Had the baby been a girl she said she and Dylan would have named her Emily Ann.
Cody has a full head of brown hair like his parents and looks like he weighs.
“He’s small,” Tammy said. “Long and skinny little guy, skinny little arms and skinny little legs.”
Being her first baby, Tammy said it seemed appropriate that Cody was born on New Year’s Day.
“The whole thing was just a new experience to me ... definitely a way to bring in the new year,” she said. “We were joking about it ‘we could have the (first) new baby on the peninsula’ and we did. What’s the luck of that happening?”
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