LIMA —The first baby of 2019 in the area is a boy named Wyatt David Clum and he was born at Lima Memorial Hospital’s Birthing Center.
Wyatt was born at 2:12 a.m. to Nikki and Lason Clum of Ada. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 inches. Wyatt is the couple’s first child, and they hope to have additional children down the road. Wyatt’s due date was Jan. 3, but he was born via a natural birth coming two days early.
“I was at home and my husband was working night shift and my water broke at 9:15 p.m. My mom brought me to the hospital,” Nikki said. She was in labor for less than five hours.
Earlier that night Nikki had celebrated New Year’s Eve by going out with friends and had a pedicure and massage.
“We weren’t planning on him coming this early and didn’t have any signs of him coming early,” Nikki said.
The Clums have been married 5 years and are excited that their baby was born on New Year’s.
“It’s overwhelming and exhausting, but we are excited,” Nikki said as she held her new son who wore a red and white stocking hat.
She said her son likes to sleep a lot and snuggle with his mom and did not cry a lot.
Wyatt’s dad built his changing table, crib and nursery furniture himself in a rustic cabin theme at their home. Lason said he looks forward to teaching his son his hobbies of hunting deer and fishing for walleye.
“He takes after his dad and is cute,” Lason joked. He said it was special to be able to make his son’s nursery items and put extra effort into the work.
Nikki said she looks forward to raising her son to be a good person.
“This new year, I’m thankful for my son and hope he will be healthy and happy,” Nikki said. She looks forward to taking Wyatt home and said he has a dog brother and sister to meet. The family has a black lab named Delilah, 6, and a long haired Dotson named Toby, who is 13.
Nikki has one brother, Josh Klingler, of Ada, and Lason has one brother, Luke Clum, of Harrod.
Wyatt’s grandmothers came to visit him in the hospital on New Year’s Day. Wyatt’s grandparents are Paul Clum, Lafayette, Ohio, and Patti Glasco, Elida, and Barb Klingler, Ada, and David Klingler, who died.
The hospital gave Wyatt a stuffed monkey, onesies, knitted hats and blankets to celebrate his birth.
A New Year’s baby was born at 2:18 a.m. on New Years Day at Bluffton Hospital, but the family and hospital declined to be interviewed.
The last baby born in 2018 at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima was at 11:09 p.m., according to hospital officials. As of 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day there had not been any babies born at the hospital.
Officials at Van Wert Health said there were no babies born on New Year’s Day at the hospital.
A baby girl was born at 6:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
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