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Jace Olen Turner didn't arrive until 3 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, but he is Klamath Falls' first baby of 2016. "I loved it. Just looking at him. He's perfect," said his mother, Ciara Pistone, of Gilbert, Ariz. As to how it feels to have the first baby of the year, she said, "It's pretty cool."
Pistone's water broke around 10 a.m. on Jan. 2. Austin Turner, the father-to-be, came with her to the Family Birthing Center at Sky Lakes Medical Center. After hours and hours, Pistone ended up having a Cesarian in the early hours of Jan. 3.
"He was born at 3:22 this morning," Pistone said Sunday morning. "He was nine pounds 8.8 ounces. And he is 22 inches long."
Pistone moved to Klamath Falls last February, when she met Turner. Now they are first-time parents together.
Originally doctors had planned to induce labor on Dec. 31, so Jace could have been the last baby of 2015. Instead, they changed the plan to Jan. 3. That was before Pistone's water broke. Her official due date was Jan. 8.
They decided on the name Jace after a suggestion from Turner's sister.
"We couldn't agree on any boy names. Any I came up with she didn't like and vice-versa," he said with a smile.
As far as how it felt to be a dad for the first time, Turner said: "Tired. Nervous. Happy."