New year's blessing

Olivia Rose Stetts’ tiny lungs let out a cry before she snuggled close to her mother.
Krystle Wagner
Jan 3, 2014

The 7-pound, 13-ounce baby drifted back to sleep as Megan and Aaron Stetts smiled at their less-than-day-old daughter.

The 20.5-inch-long baby made her debut shortly after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. She is the first baby born at North Ottawa Community Hospital in 2014.

“It’s a good way to start the year,” Megan said with a smile.

The Spring Lake couple expected to ring in the New Year with their bundle of joy by sitting at home, but their little girl waited 10 days past her Dec. 22 due date to make her appearance.

On Tuesday evening, the Stettses entered the hospital for Megan's labor to be induced. The couple said they knew it could take a few days before their daughter made her debut, but they didn’t expect a New Year's Day baby.

When Megan went into labor at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aaron made calls to family and friends who filled the hospital’s waiting room, anticipating the arrival of their newest family member. Aaron said they wanted the baby's gender to be a surprise, and their family was split on whether they would have a girl or boy.

Once Olivia entered the world, the couple relaxed and watched the Rose Bowl game to cheer for Michigan State over Stanford. The Spartans won, 24-20.

Megan said it’s a “fun coincidence” their daughter’s middle name is Rose, but she wasn't named for the Rose Bowl. Olivia's middle name is in honor of Megan’s grandmother.

The family received a gift basket from the North Ottawa Community Hospital Auxiliary with items from the hospital's gift shop for the baby and new parents.

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