New Year's baby arrives

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Dwyer Thomas Keefe was born to parents Alex and Lindsay Keefe. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

The original due date for Dwyer was Dec. 31, but the little boy decided not to make an appearance until nearly a week later, making him the Grand Haven hospital’s first baby of 2013.

Lindsay Keefe said she had a suspicion that Dwyer would not come until after the New Year. Having a late baby is not uncommon in her family.

Dwyer’s two older siblings — Darcy, 4, and Deacon, 2 — also arrived after their due dates.

The couple said their two older children are overjoyed to welcome a new baby brother to the family.

“They’re both already asking about the next baby,” Lindsay laughed. “This was right after Dwyer was born and I told them, ‘I haven’t even eaten anything yet!’”

Lindsay had a natural childbirth with the assistance of midwife Courtney Hilbert.

The North Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary gave the family a large basket full of presents wrapped in blue paper in celebration of Dwyer being the first baby of the New Year.

“Personally, I think that they’re a ... magnificent family,” said Jen VanSkiver, spokeswoman for the hospital. “They deserve good care, and I’m so pleased that we could provide that for them.”

The Keefes are from Muskegon, but traveled to Grand Haven’s hospital because they felt great about the care they’d receive there.

“We feel so fortunate to have found this place,” Lindsay said.

By Emily Anderson, Tribune intern

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