The first birth of 2016 in the metro-east was almost a 2015 baby.
John Harrison Lauth was born to Stephanie and John Lauth just minutes after the new year arrived, at 12:08 a.m. on New Year’s Day. He weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. and was 20 inches long.
Stephanie, a dental assistant in O’Fallon, and John, an evening supervisor at Southwestern Illinois College, were expecting John Harrison, their first child, on Jan. 17, though he came early.
The birth was a “slow go,” said Stephanie Lauth, but there were no complications.
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The parents emphasized how thankful they are to the Memorial Hospital staff. Stephanie said they were “fantastic” and “very helpful.”
The nursery is ready, Stephanie said, and relatives gave a few gifts to the newborn. Her mother gave her christening outfit, and John’s mother gave his old Christmas stocking.
The family returns home on Sunday.