First baby of 2014 was running late

EVERETT — Thien Nguyen was supposed to be a Christmas Eve baby.

He wasn’t quite ready for the holidays.

“He waited for the new year,” his mom Trinh Nguyen said from her hospital bed Wednesday afternoon.

Her handsome boy made his grand entrance at 4:18 a.m. Wednesday. Thien was the first baby born in 2014 at Providence Regional Medical Center’s Pavilion for Women and Children.

He edged out two other babies for the title. The second baby was born at 5:18 a.m. and a third was born at 5:33 a.m., hospital spokeswoman Heidi Amrine said.

By late afternoon, two other local hospitals, Swedish Medical Center Edmonds and Cascade Valley in Arlington, still hadn’t welcomed a baby into the new year.

Around 9,000 babies are born each year in Snohomish County.

Thien was swaddled in a blue blanket and dozing Wednesday afternoon. His tiny face peeked out from under a cap. He weighed in at six pounds and was 18 inches long.

“He’s a little boy,” his petite mom said.

The Everett woman, 28, went into labor around 8 a.m. Tuesday. A week overdue, she and her husband, 33, were ready to meet their second child. Their daughter Han is 6.

Trinh Nguyen was in labor for more than two days with her daughter.

“That’s it. No more,” Nhut Nguyen said about plans for any other children.

The Nguyens said they didn’t really think about the possibility of their son being born on New Year’s Day. The day will hold special meaning now.

The Nguyens knew they were having a boy after an ultrasound about four months ago. They weren’t certain about a name until their son was born. In Vietnamese, his son’s name means “idea of God,” Nhut Nguyen said.

They hope to bring him home today. His big sister Han also is eager for the family to be home.

On Wednesday she sat next to her dad, coloring. She sprang up from her seat when her baby brother whimpered in his sleep. She peeked in on him and says he’s handsome. She’s also ready to teach him how to color.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

‘Come talk to me. Don’t jump, come talk to me’

State Patrol trooper Yaroslav Holodkov just happened to be driving by when he saw a suicidal man.

Marysville educators reach out to a newly traumatized school

Several affected by shootings in 2014 offered to talk with counterparts in Eastern Washington.

Serial killer wannabe admits trying to kill man she met online

She told police she planned to rip out her victim’s heart and eat it — and would continue killing.

Hurry! Target will take your old car seat, but not for long

The seats will be taken apart and the various materials recycled.

Sheriff’s Office receives national recognition

Sheriff accepts award “notable achievements in the field of highway safety” over the past year.

Edmonds-Woodway High School briefly locked down

A student tried to stop a fight and a boy, 16, responded by threatening the student with a knife.

Study considers making it legal to grow marijuana at home

The Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering two scenarios for allowing a minimal number of plants.

Minutes mattered the day Pat Ward was brought back to life

The Mukilteo police and fire chaplain died at breakfast. She got a second chance thanks to a waitress.

Hot weather takes toll on young Christmas trees

The effect is likely to be felt in the years to come when they would have been cut.

Most Read