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  • New year's surprise

  • On Monday, Beth Alexander had planned for her prenatal check-up at Centerpoint Medical Center to take 30 minutes.

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  • On Monday, Beth Alexander had planned for her prenatal check-up at Centerpoint Medical Center to take 30 minutes.
    By 9:11 a.m. Tuesday, Beth and Justin Alexander of Blue Springs, both age 29, were parents for the first time, in addition to having the first baby born in 2013 at Centerpoint.
    Griffin Hatfield Alexander was born five weeks premature, weighing 4 pounds, 6.5 ounces and measuring 17 inches in length. Beth’s due date was Feb. 4.
    “He was kind of a surprise for New Year’s,” Beth said on Wednesday, laughing.
    At her doctor’s appointment on Monday, the doctor told Beth that because of her blood pressure level, she would need to deliver her baby that day. They tried to induce labor on Monday, and because inducing didn’t work, a cesarean section was performed.
    Beth said she was a bit scared since Griffin was her first child and he was being born early. The baby will remain in the neonatal intensive care unit until he reaches a healthy birth weight, but Beth and Justin get to see him about every three hours for feedings.
    “He’s doing really well. He’s just small,” Beth said. “He’s just amazing. He’s doing really well for his size and breathing on his own and everything.
    “He’s just incredible. I can’t believe he’s already here.”
    Beth was able to celebrate one baby shower prior to Griffin’s surprise birth, but two others also were scheduled. Luckily, Justin said, the couple already had the baby’s furniture in place.
    “At the one baby shower, we got a lot of the stuff we need,” Beth said, “but there will be a big trip to buybuy BABY when we leave.”
    While Justin said he was a little nervous about being a father for the first time – especially since he thought he had more time to prepare – he is now excited and anxious to take Griffin home.
    Having the first child of the year at a hospital is not something that Beth had ever expected would happen to her – but it did.
    “Especially with being due at the beginning of February,” she said. “I figured it needed to be 12:01 (a.m.) to be the first one, but it was 9:11 (a.m.) for us.”
     
     
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