Lyric Archer Overkamp was born at 1:09 a.m. Jan. 1, becoming not only the newest member of his family but also the first baby born in the new year at North Ottawa Community Hospital’s Family Birthing Unit.
To celebrate Lyric’s birth, the 9-pound, 11-ounce, 21-inch-long infant and his family received a special gift from the hospital auxiliary’s Oswald Guild.
Rob and Lindsay Overkamp, of Muskegon weren’t expecting to have the first baby of the new year. Lindsay's due date was Dec. 27, and labor was induced Dec. 31.
As Lindsay’s labor progressed, the Overkamps watched the New Year’s Eve ball drop on TV. Lindsay said her nurses were friendly and, as time went on, started to think that Lyric might be the first 2018 baby.
“It was very exciting,” Lindsay said.
Lyric's birthday is surrounded by other family members whose birthdays are near Christmas and New Year’s Day. Rob’s uncle and brother were born Dec. 19 and Dec. 22, respectively. Rob was born Dec. 28 and his aunt was born Jan. 3.
In addition to being the New Year Baby, Lyric’s arrival was also a welcomed surprise for the family. Specialists told Rob, 40, he wouldn't be able to have children of his own; and doctors told Lindsay, 31, it would be hard for her to get pregnant again because of a surgery she had.
While trying to get pregnant, Lindsay said her heart was broken multiple times when the pregnancy tests came back negative. She said they were in the middle of their third or fourth adoption attempt when she received positive pregnancy tests. At that point, Lindsay said they had almost given up.
“We were very lucky and surprised,” she said.
Lyric's due date also changed the family's planned vacation. Lindsay said they had planned to take her oldest son, 13-year-old Johnathon Tague, to a home New Orleans Saints game on Christmas Eve. Given her due date and the non-refundable tickets, pregnant Lindsay stayed back while her family enjoyed the trip.
Rob and Lindsay decided on the name for Lyric the day before she gave birth. The Overkamps had searched for something “a little different,” they said.
Johnathon picked out Archer as his brother’s middle name.
The two brothers have already had a chance to bond.
“It’s sweet to see them together,” Lindsay said. “He’s going to be a great big brother.”
The family has a fun connection to the first baby born in 2017 at NOCH — Lindsay works at Automatic Spring Products Corp. with that baby’s father.
Throughout New Year's Day, the new family of four spent time relaxing together.
As the Overkamp family looks ahead, Lindsay said it will be an adjustment having a little one in the house.
“It should be very exciting,” she said.