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Meet Charlie Kern, the first area baby of 2015

Kaylene Kern shows son Charlie, who was born at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Kaylene Kern shows son Charlie, who was born at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Overland Park Regional Medical Center

It didn’t take long for a Kansas City area hospital to record the first baby of 2015.

One minute, to be exact.

Kaylene and Bryan Kern of Louisburg, Kan. welcomed baby Charlie at 12:01 a.m. Thursday at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Charles David Kern weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long. He has a big brother, Graham, 4.

“We knew we were due toward the end of the year,” an exhausted but exuberant Kaylene Kern said late Thursday afternoon. “We really just wanted to get through Christmas and through the holidays and whenever it happened, it happened.

“And then it kind of all happened at once.”

She said they went to the hospital two weeks ago, thinking the baby was on the way.

“But we were sent home,” she said. “I thought, ‘Boy, this kid is going to give it to us until the very end.’ And literally he gave it to us until the very end.”

They returned to the hospital around 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

“The hospital was very full,” Kaylene Kern said. “I laughed and said, ‘If there’s no room at the inn, I’m going to need a manger.’”

Since this was their second child, she said, “we thought things were going to move fairly quickly.”

“We were just happy for a 2014 tax deduction,” she said, laughing. “But 6 o’clock came and went, 8 o’clock came and went. Then around 11:30, we knew that he needed to be born. We started pushing and boom! It was like 12:01 on the nose.

“It was crazy. The nurse looks over and says, ‘You’re not going to believe this. It’s 12:01.’ It was like the ball dropped. Everybody was so happy and cheering.”

HCA Midwest assistant vice president Chris Hamele said other babies were born at the hospital on New Year’s Day, but the next closest one was around 3 a.m. A baby girl was born at 12:28 a.m. at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, according to marketing and communications specialist Mallory Laur. Alyssa Thompson’s new daughter, Zanaya, weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces.

Kaylene Kern said big brother Graham could hardly contain his excitement about their new family member.

“He was up until 1:30 in the morning waiting to see Charlie,” she said. “He came in the room after Charlie was delivered and was so euphoric.

“My mother-in-law said when they were taking him (Graham) home, they walked past the nurses station and he goes, ‘Hey, you guys, my baby brother is here. You should go check him out!’”

Kern said she was running on only two hours of sleep since giving birth.

“I’m just too excited,” she said, describing her newborn son as having “blue eyes, lots of little hair.”

“He’s a nugget,” she said. “He just sleeps and smiles. He’s really precious.”

She said the family can’t wait to take their New Year’s baby home.

“We’re very blessed to have a happy, healthy little guy to love on,” she said. “And we’ll have a ball drop every year for him on his birthday.”

To reach Judy L. Thomas, call 816-234-4334 or send email to jthomas@kcstar.com.

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