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.
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.