Hampton couple Jasmine and Steve Wyatt welcomed a new addition to their family early Thursday morning, along with the new year.
Stephen Christopher Wyatt Jr., weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20-inches long, was born at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News Thursday morning — the first baby born on the Peninsula this year. Little "S.J." arrived well after the stroke of midnight at 3:35 a.m., but he still beat out five other babies born at Riverside later in the morning hours.
Both Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News were still waiting for their first baby of 2015 as of New Year's morning.
"It feels really strange and odd," Jasmine said. "We definitely won a contest I didn't know we entered into."
The first-time mother was eager for S.J.'s arrival, since he was due on Christmas Day. She was scheduled to be induced on Jan. 7.
It's not the first surprise the couple had during the pregnancy. Jasmine said she was initially told she was having a girl, only to discover a couple weeks later, they would welcome a son.
That made the decision of a name much easier, said Steve, who immediately knew his son would be his namesake.
Jasmine said she came to Riverside for pain she was having Wednesday. She said a check revealed a fluctuation in the baby's heart rate. She was admitted, and her water was broken around 1 a.m.
"They said if the baby comes now you will beat out everyone. I guess he wanted to win," Jasmine said.
Jasmine's mother, Deyonne Igwe, said she left work early Wednesday to be at the arrival of her first grandchild.
"I was so nervous," she said.
Steve said S.J. is his third son, joking that he is one step closer to his own starting football lineup. Both parents come from a large family. Steve said his grandmother had 17 children; while Jasmine's grandmother had 11 children.
"It's nothing I have ever experienced before. It was instant love," Jasmine said of her newborn snuggled to her. "It's definitely a lovely feeling."
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