Kalamazoo family welcomes baby girl minutes into 2019

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Minutes after the year 2019 was ushered in, the first baby was born at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Eleanor Lynn Behymer was delivered at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday.

“It was amazing because it was ‘oh yeah, hey Happy New Year’ and then it was ‘okay, push,’” said Eleanor’s father, Joshua Behymer.

She is baby No. 2 for the Behymer family.

Her parents say the special delivery happened suddenly and didn’t last long.

“We got here about 11:55, to the hospital, and I had her at about 12:10 so it was very quick,” said Meghan Behymer, Eleanor’s mother.

“If we would’ve waited any longer to leave she would’ve not been born in a hospital,” Joshua Behymer told 24 Hour News 8. “It would’ve been in the parking lot of the hospital.”

Both parents talked about the speed at which their 8 pound, 5 ounce baby girl came into the world.

“It was so fast,” said Joshua Behymer.

Maybe their daughter was excited to meet her 14-month-old brother, Tobias.

Meghan Behymer admits that the quick delivery was a little concerning at first, but her nerves calmed when she saw her baby’s face.

“It was nerve-racking. You always have a little bit of plans of how you think things are going to go and it went completely the opposite and she was out within 10 minutes,” she said.

While things moved quickly, the Behymers recalled nurses and midwives wearing festive ‘Happy New Year’ hats and Meghan remembered hearing the cracks of fireworks from the delivery room.

“They were going off in the background when she was born,” she recalled.

Eleanor will share her birthday with her uncle, Meghan’s Behymer’s brother.

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