When Heather Zimmerman gave birth to her second child at 1:13 a.m. Jan. 1, she didn’t know she’d get so much attention.
Easton Jackson Zimmerman was Pierce County’s first baby of 2014, and he was born at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
It was “a surprise and not expected,” Heather said.
“We were hoping to have him before the end of the year to have as a tax writeoff,” she added.
Stuart Zimmerman, Heather’s husband, said the experience was a whirlwind.
Easton weighed 9 pounds and measured 21 inches long. His due date was Jan. 10, but Heather’s regular checkup on Dec. 30 showed she had an elevated blood pressure and was at risk for pre-eclampsia.
Heather went to the hospital soon afterward and was medically induced. Heather gave birth to Easton following 28 hours of labor.
Easton is healthy and at full-term, said Dr. Carrie Wong, an OB/GYN with MultiCare Women’s Centers in Puyallup.
Wong said it’s special to be part of the first birth of the New Year.
“It’s a real unique thing,” she said. “You can’t claim that very often. (Easton) is a local celebrity, and it’s neat to be a part of.”
As for a New Year’s resolution, Wong said she just hopes Easton is good to his mother.
“She gave such a long labor, she deserves it,” Wong said.
Easton’s parents, who live in Spanaway, moved to Washington state from Alaska in late October after Stuart was promoted at Totem Ocean Trailer Express.
Stuart coached hockey at a high school in Alaska and played hockey throughout his prep career.
Easton’s name is derived from the Easton hockey equipment company. His middle name, Jackson, is Heather’s mother’s maiden name.
“We wanted a unique name, so we compromised on Easton,” Heather said.
Easton’s 2-year-old brother, Owen, already is playing indoor hockey.
Stuart said he hopes to have a couple of young hockey players in his family.
To celebrate the first birth of the year, the Zimmerman family received a gift basket that included a baby boy outfit, a balloon and other accessories. Pictures were taken of Easton, his parents and the doctors and nurses on staff.