MemorialCare Welcomes First Baby of 2013 … and She’s a Cutie!

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New Year's Baby 2014

Proud parents Benita and David with their new baby girl. Kaydin Calhoun was the first baby of 2013 delivered at MemorialCare Center for Women at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

Bouncing baby girl Kaydin Calhoun arrived one week after her Christmas day due date, just in time to become the first baby born in Long Beach in 2013 at the MemorialCare Center for Women at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Coming into the world at 2:36 a.m., she is the third child of Long Beach residents Benita Lewis and David Calhoun. Older siblings David, 12, and Kasadi, 8, are both thrilled for their family’s new addition, Lewis said.

With a new baby girl, weighing a healthy 9 pounds, 4 ounces and 20.5 inches, Kaydin’s family brought in their New Year with a “surprise baby” instead of watching the famous Times Square ball drop. And though her new daughter’s birthday will always fall on a national holiday, Kaydin’s mother insists, “It’s going to be the first of the year, but it’s always going to be her day. We’re going to make it her day.” 

In celebration of having the city’s first baby of the year, Benita and David received a special “First Baby Basket” — stuffed with onesies, booties and newborn clothing, receiving blankets, outlet covers and diapers, a specialized rubber ducky to monitor the temperature of bath water, a rattle and gifts for the new parents — from the staff at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, which shares a hospital campus with Long Beach Memorial.

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