The first baby born in Thurston County in 2016 was Waylon Seals, a boy weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces.
Waylon was born at 5:15 a.m. Friday at Providence St. Peter Hospital to Cole and Jessica Seals. Waylon has two older brothers, Michael and Chance.
Jessica Seals said she woke up about 3:30 a.m. with labor pains. She left for the hospital, which is about five minutes from her home, at 4:45 a.m. Waylon was born a half hour later.
Asked about her son’s name, Seals said she hadn’t been familiar with the singer-songwriter Waylon Jennings until she recently saw his name on TV and liked it. She asked her husband and he approved, too.
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Waylon, who was delivered by Dr. Sonja Ronning, was one of five babies born at Providence on Friday, hospital spokeswoman Marysa Stevens said.
As of 5 p.m., Capital Medical Center hadn’t had a New Year’s baby, but The Birth House in Olympia had welcomed Evan James Parker into the world, said Constance Frey, the midwife and owner of the business.
Evan , who weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, was born at 8:16 a.m. Friday to Caitlin Attwood and Peter Baker of Aberdeen. It is the couple’s first child, Frey said.
Baker wore a green tartan kilt for all 16 hours of labor, at Caitlin's request. Caitlin’s father had worn a kilt during her birth as well, Frey said in an email.