This year, grandmother Betty Beecher, Royal Center, finally got her wish — a New Year’s baby.
Her newest grandson, Hugo James Cooper, became Logansport’s first baby of 2014 as physician Dr. Jessica McClintock delivered him at 7:55 a.m. New Year’s Day at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
Beecher, whose daughter Li Cooper is Hugo’s mother, said she’d tried to have the New Year’s baby herself when she was younger, but none of her three children quite made it.
“I wished for that so much,” Beecher said.
Hugo was one of two babies born Wednesday and one of five that were born by midday Thursday. Some other women were in labor, according to obstetrics nurse manager Laura Gallahan. Gallahan. Each had asked if they would have the New Year’s baby, Gallahan said.
Hugo, a hefty 11-pound, 2-ounce boy, surprised his parents when the attending nurse handed him to mother Li Cooper.
“We had no idea he was going to be so large,” Li Cooper said.
Her husband agreed.
“I think we’re still a little in shock, in awe, at his size,” Billy Cooper said.
The baby had two older brothers excited to meet him just before lunchtime New Year’s Day. Big brothers Jack, 8, and Elliott, 5, could hardly contain their energy when they visited the new baby again Thursday with Beecher and two other grandparents.
Li and husband Billy Cooper, who’ve been married 13 years, said they’d expected Hugo to arrive sometime during Christmas and had arranged not to travel to visit family for that week.
“Santa got a hold of us and came two days early,” Billy Cooper said, so the family would be prepared for Hugo’s Christmas Eve due date.
Instead, the boys celebrated Christmas three times over with various family members. Hugo didn’t arrive until eight days past his due date.