Brianna and Cody Laney of Columbus were eagerly looking forward to the birth of their little girl, due Jan. 14.
However, a trip by Brianna to Columbus Regional Hospital on New Year’s Eve for an unrelated health issue bumped up the timetable and instead had the new parents celebrating their baby’s arrival at 2:31 a.m. Tuesday.
“The last thing I ever expected was to have the New Year’s baby,” Brianna, a first-time mom, said from her hospital room.
She cuddled tiny Adin Kaida Laney, wrapped in a pink-and-white blanket, and reflected on the first few whirlwind days of her daughter’s life.
As the first and only baby born Jan. 1 at the hospital, Adin earned her parents both recognition and gifts from area merchants.
“We weren’t expecting this at all,” said Cody, the proud, new dad who already has his daughter’s name tattooed on his arm.
Cody, 18, and Brianna, 17, said they have lots of love for their new baby girl and high hopes for her future.
“We’re definitely sending this one to college,” Brianna said, as she watched Adin sleep peacefully in her arms.
Both Brianna and Cody, who met while attending Northside Middle School in Columbus and married this past year, are planning to attend college. Brianna wants to study nursing, and Cody is looking at computer engineering and graphic design.
For now, Brianna is looking forward to spending time with her new daughter, who came into the world in a hurry.
When Brianna went to the hospital about 6 p.m. Monday, her lip was swollen, and she wondered if she was having some kind of allergic reaction.
Brianna thought it was best to be checked by a doctor and casually mentioned that she was having some back pain and mild contractions.
At 38 weeks pregnant, Brianna was sent straight to the hospital’s Birthing Center, where she began labor. In less than eight hours, Adin was born.
“I’ve heard of first births taking 12 hours or more. I got lucky,” she said. “I thought it was going to take longer.”
The couple also feel lucky to have a healthy, beautiful daughter with brown hair and blue eyes. They haven’t decided yet whom she looks like.
“I think she has her daddy’s eyes, and he says she has my cheeks,” Brianna said.
When they were discussing names, they decided they liked the name Adin and were hooked when they read that the name means “beautiful.”
They also chose the middle name Kaida, a Japanese word for “little dragon,” which they liked.
“So her name means a ‘beautiful little dragon,’” Brianna said. “We wanted to have a name that means something.”
As far as her personality, Cody thinks Adin is a little fiery already, but he and Brianna laugh at the description.
“She heard you,” Brianna said as Adin turned red and let out a loud cry with her eyes clenched shut.
After Brianna rewrapped a blanket, the newborn quickly snuggled up to Mom as she started nursing. They were discharged Thursday and are settling into new routines at home.
Cody and Brianna said the past few days have been a little crazy, and they’re pretty tired, but they don’t mind.
“It’s really been an amazing experience,” Brianna said.