By FELICIA KRIEG
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Kaitlyn Wood’s due date was Christmas Day.
But the holiday came and went without the birth of her son.
At 8:38 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Bentley Brown was finally welcomed into a new world and a new year by Kaitlyn, 20, and David Brown, 28, both of Plattsburgh.
“I’m glad he’s here. It was a long wait,” she said.
The 7-pound, 9-ounce infant was lying quietly in his mother’s arms in her room at CVPH Medical Center Tuesday afternoon.
“He’s been really good,” Kaitlyn said. “He’s only cried once.”
While she was in labor Tuesday morning, hospital employees told Kaitlyn one other woman was also in labor there in the Alice T. Miner Center for Women and Children at the hospital.
“They were like, ‘You’re kind of competing with someone else.’ And I said, ‘I don’t care,’” the new mom said, laughing. “I just wanted to see him.”
It was an emotional moment when Kaitlyn and David saw their son for the first time, they said.
“I cried,” she said.
“I’m just glad to see them both healthy and doing good,” David said.
They were looking forward to returning home where they can relax and spend time with Bentley, they said.
“I’m just glad to be blessed with him finally,” David said.
About 50 miles away in Malone, another baby boy was born on on the morning of New Year’s Day, less than an hour after Bentley.
Seth Cornell arrived at 9:32 a.m. at Alice Hyde Medical Center to Shauna Bolster, 26, and Ryan Cornell, 25.
Like Bentley, Seth is his parents’ first child. And like Bentley, Seth was born after his due date.
Shauna said her son had been due to arrive Dec. 22.
“I thought he would be here (by then), but apparently he had different plans,” Shauna said. “I really didn’t know when it (delivery) was going to be.”
’MEANS THE WORLD’
Midnight came and went for Shauna and Ryan without much excitement. Shauna was the only woman in labor in the maternity ward at Alice Hyde, she said.
“Me and my boyfriend and my sister were hanging out in the hospital and watched the ball dropping on TV,” she said.
Seth’s arrival was much more special.
“It means the world to me,” Ryan said. “Definitely a very happy thing in my life. And just like another chapter in the book.”
Shauna and Ryan are “very excited” to be parents and said Tuesday afternoon that family members were on their way to the hospital to meet Seth.
It’s so special to be able to share their joy with family, Shauna and Ryan said.
The New Year has another meaning for them now.
“It’s a new beginning, a new life,” Ryan said.
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