Freeman comes first

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steven Freeman kisses his newborn son Jamie Aidan Freeman Tuesday at Plains Regional Medical Center Tuesday. Jamie Aidan Freeman was born at 6:03 a.m, making him the first baby born in 2008 at PRMC. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The Freemans’ room at Plains Regional Medical Center was full of people oohing and aahing at Jamie Aidan Freeman, the first baby born in 2008 at PRMC.

While Kandice and Steven Freeman’s official expecting date was Monday, they said they were expecting the baby to come early. Jamie had other plans. The 8-pound, 2-ounce, 20 1/4-inch baby boy rang in the new year at 6:03 a.m. Tuesday.

He is the couple’s first baby.

The Freemans were given gifts from local businesses for having the first 2008 baby at PRMC.
“It’s pretty exciting to have the first baby of the year,” said Kandice Freeman, 25, an English professor at Eastern New Mexico University, as more family members trooped into the room, laden with gifts. “We really appreciate all the stuff the people gave us.”

As friends and family sat around the new baby in the hospital room, the discussion turned to who the baby looked most like.

“They all think he looks like me,” Steven said, referring to his wife’s family. “He has my mouth and feet.”

Steven, 21, a customer service representative for Schwan’s, said he was definitely hoping for a boy. Kandice said she didn’t care as long as the baby was healthy.

“It’s kind of weird,” Steven said about having the first baby of the year. “I don’t have many thoughts now. I’m pretty tired.”

Officials at PRMC said Jamie Freeman was the only baby born on Tuesday.