As the remaining seconds of 2009 ticked away, Will Brun leaned in to kiss his partner, Allison Miller.
"It was a New Year's kiss," Brun said. But the Seldovia couple wasn't out dancing or enjoying the fireworks with friends like they have been on past New Year's Eves.
Instead, they were at the Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna giving birth to their first child - the central peninsula's first baby of 2010.
Officially born at 3:55 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2010, Bo Miller Brun weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces and was born without complication, according to Miller.
"He's a beautiful little man," Brun said.
Miller said the couple named their son Bo because of its Swedish translation.
"It means commander in Swedish," Miller, who helps operate the family's commercial fishing business, said. "Hopefully he will live up to his name.
"It's just a cute name."
The Swedish word "bo" also translates into "nest" or "reside."
At about 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, Miller's midwives told her she would be going into labor and moved her to the birthing center.
"It was about midnight, and she was still in labor and I said 'I wonder if we have the first birthday,'" Brun said. He then kissed Miller as they both heard faint sounds of people counting down the last ticks of the decade.
"She was probably in too much pain to remember the kiss," Brun said.
Brun was also born in January, so he said he said he is looking forward to celebrating future New Year's and birthdays with his son.
Miller said she plans to tell Bo that his 01-01-10 birthday makes him the most special local child of the decade by writing him a story. Brun wants to eventually show his son videos and photos of the birth so Bo can relive his own creation.
That's all for another day, though.
"It's pretty cool, but I didn't think about it too much," Miller said of birthing the first central peninsula child of 2010. "It's cool for him. He's got a pretty cool birthday."
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