FARMINGTON — The first baby born in 2014 at the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington arrived at 3:21 a.m. Wednesday.
Weighing in at 7 pounds and 12 ounces, Christopher Joe Gagnebin rested Wednesday afternoon as his mother, Ashley Crawford, kept a watchful eye on him.
"I think it's exciting, a good way to bringing in a new year," Crawford said.
The baby's father, Scott Gagnebin, and older brother, Dylin Gagnebin, 3, sat next to the hospital bed.
"He was a surprise," Scott Gagnebin said.
Christopher was two days early. Crawford scheduled a Caesarean section for Friday, but her new son had a different plan.
The family celebrated the start of the new year at the home of Crawford's mother. Shortly after midnight, Crawford started having contractions.
"He wanted to join the party," Crawford said, as Christopher attempted to open his eyes.
The Farmington couple named their newborn Christopher because Scott Gagnebin has a cousin with that name and because of St. Christopher, whose image is commonly seen on pendants and medallions worn by individuals for safe travel.
His middle name, Joe, is in honor of Crawford's father, who died in April.
As for Dylin, he could not wait to meet his brother, his mother said.
"He wanted to play catch with him. Then when he saw him, he thought he was a toy," Crawford said.
As one of the perks of being the first baby of the new year, the family received a gift basket from the hospital's auxiliary program.
It was filled with crocheted baby blankets, boots and caps, along with toys and clothing and a card stating, "Congratulations to the first baby born in 2014."
"It's a lot of nice stuff," said Christopher's grandmother, Sissy Crawford.