Couple celebrates 2014’s first baby

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By Jennifer Corbett

Nelson County’s first baby of 2014 came into this world a little later than usual.

Whitney Lawhun and her boyfriend, Jacob Sorrell, welcomed their son, Aven Layn Sorrell, at 6:06 p.m. Thursday at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

The time and day in which Aven Layn was born gives him the designation of being the first baby of the year at the local hospital.

Aven Layn weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces.

Giving birth to the first baby of the year is something the couple said is a surreal feeling.

“Even though it’s the second day of the year,” Sorrell joked of the day his son was born.

“I was hoping (he would) come on the first, but he didn’t,” Lawhun, 20, added.

During an interview Saturday, the first-time parents said they’re adjusting to taking care of their newborn.

“He’s been a good baby,” 21-year-old Sorrell said of his son, who was resting peacefully on his mother’s chest.

The couple found out they were expecting in April 2013, which was a surprise to both of them.

Lawhun said her pregnancy was difficult at times.

“I was really sick at the end. I got sick because I had Preeclampsia,” Lawhun said.

Preeclampsia occurs when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Lawhun was induced on New Year’s Day. The next day, doctors broke her water and gave her an epidural. She was in labor until she gave birth to Aven Layn at 6:06 p.m.

“It was rough, but I did it,” Lawhun said of labor with her son. “And then right after I had him, the next day, three people went into labor.”

Once her son arrived, all of the pain Lawhun experienced vanished and the struggles were worth it.

“I felt so much better,” Lawhun said.

Seeing their son was a different feeling though.

“He cried,” Lawhun said of Sorrell. “I was in shock. I was so exhausted. I was like, ‘Did I really just push that baby out?’”

Sorrell said seeing his son for the first time was a life altering experience.

“It’s nothing you can really describe,” he said.

Aven Layn barely made a sound Saturday morning. Only once did he adjust himself, while resting on his mother.

“He hasn’t cried very much,” Sorrell said.

Lawhun said Aven Layn only cries when he isn’t resting on her chest.

“Or if you have really cold hands,” Sorrell added.

During the interview Saturday morning, Lawhun and Sorrell said they can’t get enough of their newborn son.

“We’re still trying to figure out who he looks like,” Lawhun said as she looked down at her sleeping son. “I think he looks like the both of us.”