Soldotna couple has peninsula's first new year's child

Millennium baby

Posted: Friday, January 05, 2001

Soldotna residents Nellie Piatt and Richard Vehmeier are the parents of the first peninsula child born in the new year. Ashlyn Dinah Vehmeier was born at 8:53 a.m. Tuesday at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Nurses said Wednesday that both mother and child are doing fine.

Nellie delivered Ashlyn by Caesarean section and said overall delivery went well.

"She was perfect, everything was perfect," she said.

Nellie said she had been having contractions for the past week, but worked up until three days before giving birth.

Because Ashlyn was the only newborn in the obstetrics ward at the hospital, Nellie said, the nurses made a fuss over Ashlyn when they found time.

"She is beautiful," she said.

Ashlyn joins sister Amber, 13, and brother, Ben, 10.

Nellie said Wednesday she hopes to return home to the rest of her family sometime later this week.

Homer residents Lyn and Tom Patton were the runners-up with their son Hunter Davis Patton, born Tuesday at 4:29 p.m.

Hunter weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches.

Lyn said her due date was Jan. 8, but Hunter came early with no problems.

"(The delivery) was great, it was very easy," Lyn said.

Hunter joined siblings Cheyna, 18, and Hayley, 4.

Merchants have joined together to honor the first baby born with gift certificates and other offers.

Statewide, the first known baby of the new year was a baby girl in Anchorage born at 1:17 a.m. Monday.

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