An Omaha couple was hoping their newborn son would make his debut before midnight — but 7-pound-3-ounce Grayson Erik Hermann had other plans.
Grayson's later arrival — technically, an early arrival, considering his estimated due date was Jan. 6 — garnered him the title of Omaha's first baby to be born in the new year. He was born at Methodist Women's Hospital at 1:21 a.m.
Mom Heather Robbins said she had been in labor since about 7 a.m. on New Year's Eve and was hoping for an earlier arrival, preferably before midnight so the family could take advantage of the 2013 tax break. Instead, the family won the competition for first baby of 2014.
“They let us know we were in the running, but I said, no pressure, right?” Robbins said. “We didn't think we'd be in the running at 1:21 a.m.”
But hospital staff members were rooting for the family, telling Robbins and husband John Hermann that “this is like the Olympics” of birth.
Robbins, a 35-year-old interior designer, said it was certainly the most exciting New Year's Eve she and Hermann, 53, have ever had. “We're not big New Year's Eve party folks, so we might as well be having a baby,” she said.
Past New Year's Days involved football watching and snacking, Hermann said.
Grayson also made the couple's first child, Holland, 2, a big sister. She sat proudly with her parents Wednesday afternoon with her own baby, a doll her parents gave her and who she is also calling Grayson.
Holland was also a “first” — born on Aug. 1, Robbins said.
Hermann, who works for Elkhorn Public Schools as food service director, said that Jan. 1 is a fine birthday to have. “That 21st birthday is going to be a big one,” he said.
The couple decided on Grayson for a name early on, Robbins said, and Erik is dad's middle name.
Methodist Women's Hospital broke a record in 2013 with 3,948 births, topping the previous record of 3,857 from 2004, spokeswoman Claudia Bohn said.
Other than claiming the first baby of 2014, it was a fairly quiet night for the labor and delivery team, Bohn said. Mom and baby will receive a gift of baby items from hospital staff upon their discharge.
And the first thing mom and dad plan to do once they get home? Sleep.
“Everyone's doing really well,” Robbins said. “Except for the sleep part,” Hermann added.