Glenn and Jessica Rodman pose with their sons Isaac and Zack in their home south of Soldotna. Zack was born at 8:22 p.m. on New Year's Day.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Soldotna residents Jessica and Glenn Rodman Jr. thought they knew what their Christmas present to each other was going to be their second child.
However, Zackarey Nyle Rodman had plans of his own and showed up seven days later at 8:22 p.m. Jan. 1, making him the first central Kenai Peninsula baby of the new year.
"We didn't think he was coming out. We went into Central Peninsula General Hospital to see what was up. Then he decided to just go ahead and come," Jessica said.
At the hospital, Rodman was hooked up to a fetal heart monitor to make sure everything was going well and that the baby was not experiencing any distress. Everything was fine and a short time later, around 9 a.m., her labor began.
Eleven hours and 22 minutes later, with coaching help from Glenn, her mom, Michelle Cole, and sister, Danielle Stevenson, Zackarey arrived. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20 inches long.
There were no complications. Jessica said the labor and delivery went smoothly mother and baby are doing fine.
"I am, we all are just so, so happy. He is a doll," Jessica said. "And to be the New Year's baby is fun. When he gets older he will think it is cool."
Jessica is a stay-at-home mom, and Glenn works as an carpet installer for Super Floors in Soldotna. The family returned home Sunday afternoon to enjoy some family bonding time and to introduce Zackarey to his older brother, Isaac Michael Rodman, 3, who isn't quite sure of what to make of his younger sibling.
"He seems happy. What he really wants is for him to get bigger so they can play," Jessica said. "Isaac is so helpful, he runs to get his brother's blanket and water bottles for me."
As do all parents, the couple has many hopes for their newborn health, love and friends and, despite ongoing world events of terrorism and the recent devastation in Indonesia, they feel optimistic that the world is still a great place to bring a child into.
"It is terrible the things that happen, but we will surround him with family and have faith that he will grow up to be fine and he will do good in society," Jessica said.
Zackarey's circle of support includes grandparents Michael Cole Sr. and Ravin Seaman, both of Soldotna, and Zena and Glenn Rodman Sr. of Nikiski and extended family members Lori and Michael Cole Jr. and Jacob and Brittanie Cole, all of Soldotna.
Jessica said Glenn is relieved his son is finally here and is happy he is strong and healthy. She said Glenn wouldn't mind if the baby grew up to be a wrestler.
"Glenn was a pretty good wrestler when he was in school. He and the boys will be doing that together," she said.
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