First baby of 2004 came 4 days early to celebrate

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It didn't matter if it was a boy or a girl. The first baby of 2004 born at Yampa Valley Medical Center was destined to be Aidan Sydney Ramer.

"We thought the name would work well with a boy or a girl," said Aidan's mother, Alexandra Ramer, 29, who gave birth at 3:55 p.m. Friday. Aidan is her first baby. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 19 and 3/4 inches.

"It was pretty exciting being the first of 2004," Aidan's father, Todd Ramer, 33, said. "We talked about how cool it would be."

Aidan was not due until Jan. 6. However, the couple thought they might give birth to the last baby of 2003 when Alexandra began feeling contractions Dec. 31. She went to the hospital but was later sent home. She returned Jan. 1 and gave birth the following day.

The couple moved from Denver to their home on Lynx Pass near Stagecoach in August, not long after the couple learned Alexandra was pregnant. For months, Todd had been commuting between Steamboat and Denver once a week, working for Major Heating and Air Conditioning.

"When we found out about the pregnancy, we thought this was the place where we wanted to raise our baby," Alexandra said. "There is so much to do around here, outdoors-wise. All the kids are so active."

Though the couple said they didn't ski much anymore, they said they wouldn't object to Aidan taking up the sport. Auto racing, however, is the traditional sport in Todd's family, he said.

Aidan probably will get a lot of influence from his 5-year-old half brother, A.J. Ramer, who said he would teach his new brother everything he knows. A.J. has been eagerly awaiting the birth of his brother, Alexandra said.

Dr. David Schaller delivered Aidan. As the first baby of 2004, he received several gifts, including a blue teddy bear with a "first baby of 2004" bib, "I love Steamboat" gift certificates, and a hat that reads "Steamboat Baby," which he wore Saturday.

In 2003, YVMC had a record-setting number of births with 384 births, breaking the previous record of 355 set in 2001.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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