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Special gift: Year’s first baby arrives 2 weeks after due date


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Nehemia Norton was born at 3:23 pm Thursday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Johnson Memorial Hospital. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Nehemia Norton was born at 3:23 pm Thursday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Johnson Memorial Hospital. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Ruthie and John Norton with Nehemia Norton who was born at 3:23 pm Thursday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Johnson Memorial Hospital. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Ruthie and John Norton with Nehemia Norton who was born at 3:23 pm Thursday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Johnson Memorial Hospital. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


The first baby born at Johnson Memorial Hospital this year held out for nine days to make a more grand entrance.

Nehemiah Trowbridge Norton was born at 3:23 p.m. Thursday to John and Ruth-Anne Norton, more than a week after his Christmas Eve due date.

The mother was scheduled to have labor induced Thursday. But when Ruth-Anne Norton started having contractions Wednesday, the couple went to the hospital a day early, John Norton said.

The next afternoon, their first son was born. He weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces, with dark, bushy eyebrows like his dad, John Norton said.

The couple hadn’t had any desire to have the first baby of the year and were just happy to see him, John Norton said. The hospital gave them a gift basket from the Trafalgar Extension Homemakers.

“We’re excited to have him no longer in his mom’s belly, but in our arms,” he said.

The Nortons’ 18-month-old daughter, Emmaline Norton, spent the past few weeks learning the word “gentle” in preparation to meet her new baby brother. Her parents already were preparing to watch the siblings, so close in age, to be sure they stayed out of mischief, John Norton said.

WELCOME NEHEMIAH NORTON

Born: 3:23 p.m.

Jan. 3, 2014

Weight: 9 pounds, 3 ounces

Parents: John and Ruth-Anne Norton

Sibling: Emmaline Norton

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