Oregon boy first to turn 10 in new yearWritten by Holly Tuey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Caden Keith Feller will be 10 years old on Jan. 1. In fact, he will be the first child in Lucas County to turn 10 years old in 2014.
That’s because Caden was the first baby born in Lucas County in 2004. He was born at 3:51 a.m. at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon. But at the time, being the first baby born in the new year was the last thing on his parents’ minds.
“We made a joke that maybe I would have the first baby of the new year, but we didn’t think he was because he was born at 3:51,” said Samantha Feller, Caden’s mother.
Caden wasn’t due until later that month, and with an older brother, Jacob, who was born after just a 23-week pregnancy, Caden’s birth was a relief for his parents.
“When I went into the hospital [on Dec. 31], I wasn’t planning on having him,” Samantha said. “We were relieved with having a healthy baby.”
The nurses at St. Charles called other area hospitals and eventually learned Caden was the first baby of the year. Samantha said someone associated with the hospital made quilts for New Year babies, so they received one, but otherwise the hospital did not do much to celebrate the unique birth.
The media was another story.
“It was overwhelming, all the people that were in there,” said Jeff Feller, Caden’s father. “It was cool and everything, [but] it was too much for that point in time. … [The media was] there like three hours after she had him.”
“We were shocked about it, honestly,” Samantha said.
Now it’s a story to bring up each year around Caden’s birthday, but Samantha said her son didn’t fully grasp it until recently. About a month ago, the family was getting ready to move and a box containing videotapes of the newscasts and newspaper articles about the birth was found in the attic.
“That was his first time actually seeing it,” Samantha said. “He was excited. He didn’t realize that it had been that big of a deal.”
Caden is now in fourth grade in Oregon, and his parents said he loves playing baseball. Aside from his brother Jacob, Caden has three younger sisters: 6-year-old Addyson, and – another surprise for his parents – 16-month-old twins Adilynn and Bentleigh.
Caden will ring in the new year and turning 10 with a birthday party with his family.