Steamboat welcomes New Year's baby

Keenan Reed Hayes was born at 12:46 a.m. Friday

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— Keenan Reed Hayes has quite a few relatives in Routt County, but he was a family first when he became the Yampa Valley Medical Center's New Year's baby.

After waiting two days for its first baby to arrive, the medical center welcomed Keenan into the world at 12:46 a.m. Friday morning. Keenan is the son of Jackie and Don Hayes, who live in Hayden and both have large families in Routt County.

From her hospital bed Friday afternoon, Jackie Hayes said she was not expecting to deliver the first baby of the new year with a due date of Jan. 14.

Neither was her husband, Don, who was in Idaho picking up hay when he got the news that a baby was on the way.

"We were scheduled to go on the 14th and I thought we were going to make it that far," Jackie Hayes said. "We were hoping we would wait until due day."

On Thursday night, Don Hayes got the word that Jackie had gone into labor, and he was making his way back from Idaho Friday afternoon.

Keenan is 7 pounds 3 ounces and measures 19 inches long. Dr. David Schaller delivered the baby.

Keenan has a 3-year-old sister, Kaitlynn, and his grandparents are Jim and Betty Wandell and Bill Hayes.

Keenan also had some in-house visitors.

Three of his great aunts work for the hospital in day surgery, the business office and medical records.

As part of the New Year's baby honor, Don and Jackie Hayes received Steamboat gift certificates from the hospital.

On Thursday, John Ernest Collier III turned 1 year old.

He was the 2002 New Year's baby and the first of 328 babies born last year.

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