Steamboat Springs If he’s anything like his father and his grandfather, Marcus Oswald Borden will love pyrotechnics and the Denver Broncos.
But on Friday, a 1-day-old Marcus gave away no hints about his plans for the future. He stretched, yawned and slept while his parents, Missy and Scott Borden, fawned over their new child.
“He could be anything,” Missy said fondly.
Marcus was the first baby born in Routt County in 2012, and although he was due Jan. 2, he waited until 5:15 p.m. on Thursday to enter the world. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Five days into 2012, the couple said they were surprised to learn he was the first of the year.
“I guess it must mean good luck,” Scott said, cradling his son in the Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Friday afternoon.
Being the New Year’s baby at YVMC has its perks.
Hospital communications specialist Rosie Kern presented the Bordens with $100 in Steamboat Chamber Resort Association Bucks and a stuffed penguin that went to Missy’s daughter, 3-year-old Mya.
Missy and Scott said Mya’s feelings have been mixed about her new sibling because she wants to go out and play. But she’s already been nurturing toward the new baby.
“She likes helping out quite a bit,” Scott said.
“She’s been watching when we change his diapers,” Missy added.
“And she filed his nails; she was actually the first one to file his nails,” Scott said.
Clad in a Tim Tebow jersey matching stepfather Scott’s, Mya was straightforward when asked Friday about her new brother.
“I like it,” she said.
The family plans to take Marcus home Saturday morning.
Missy said the pregnancy and the birth were a breeze.
“It’s more exciting than exhausting,” Missy said.
Scott said the whole experience was indescribable.
On Thursday, “there were times when I was tired, but when it was bedtime, I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “It’s exciting, but just to see that they’re healthy is a huge relief.”
So far, Marcus has been quiet, still and sleeping a lot. He stretches out his legs instead of keeping them bent into his body.
“He’s been pretty independent,” Scott said. “He’s been fine with laying on his own.”
Missy and Scott both grew up in Steamboat Springs, and their parents and other relatives all live in the area.
Missy, a three-sport athlete when she was at Steamboat Springs High School, is a painter represented by the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts. Scott, among other projects, works with his father on the annual fireworks displays during Winter Carnival and the Fourth of July.
“I’m sure he’ll like fireworks and explosions,” Scott joked.
Marcus was the first of what likely will be hundreds of babies born in the county this year. In 2011, YVMC delivered 317 babies, down slightly from 321 in 2010.
In 2011, Luciano Jaconetta was the first Routt County baby. He was born Jan. 1 in his parents’ Oak Creek home. The first baby at YVMC last year was born later on New Year’s Day.
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