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First baby of the year born
by Nicole Klauss / nklauss@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Jennifer Waltenbaugh holds her new son, Dylan. Her mother, Peggy Chapple, left, sons Rio, 3, and Kai, 5, and her husband Eric are also pictured.
(Nicole Klauss photo)
Jennifer Waltenbaugh holds her new son, Dylan. Her mother, Peggy Chapple, left, sons Rio, 3, and Kai, 5, and her husband Eric are also pictured. (Nicole Klauss photo)
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Dylan Cedar Waltenbaugh was the first baby of 2014. Here his is seen being held by his mom, at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, on Wednesday, Jan. 8. (Nicole Klauss photo)
Dylan Cedar Waltenbaugh was the first baby of 2014. Here his is seen being held by his mom, at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, on Wednesday, Jan. 8. (Nicole Klauss photo)
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Jennifer Waltenbaugh holds up some of the first baby prizes she received for her new son Dylan, in Kodiak on Jan. 8. (Nicole Klauss photo)
Jennifer Waltenbaugh holds up some of the first baby prizes she received for her new son Dylan, in Kodiak on Jan. 8. (Nicole Klauss photo)
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The first Kodiak baby of the year is named after the sea.

Dylan Cedar Waltenbaugh was born Tuesday, Jan. 7, the son of Eric and Jennifer Waltenbaugh.

“It means by the sea,” Jennifer Waltenbaugh said of his first name. “All of our children’s names are ‘by the water.’”

Her five-year-old son is Kai (ocean in Hawaiian) and her three-year-old son is Rio (river).

Dylan is the third child in the family. He was born 8 pounds, 0.08 ounces and was 20.5 inches long, not counting his tuft of light brown hair.

The Waltenbaughs’ baby is the winner of the year’s Kodiak Daily Mirror first baby contest, and the family received a collection of prizes from Kodiak Daily Mirror advertisers.

“It’s exciting,” Eric said, of having the first baby of 2014 in Kodiak.

“The birth could not have gone better,” Jennifer said. “Everyone here is very supportive.”

The Waltenbaughs had planned to fly to Anchorage for the birth because in Kodiak you can’t have a natural birth after having a Caesarean section, but after learning that Dylan was breeched, they returned to Kodiak.

“We love our doctor here,” Jennifer said. “Doctor (Laura) Walters delivered Kai and delivered Dylan too.”

Both Kai and Rio have had a chance to hold their new little brother. Kai even has a new nickname ready for him — “Thunder” — though the origin of the nickname wasn’t quite clear.

“They nicknamed him before we named him,” Eric said.

Eric and Jennifer are both teachers and are planning to take off seven weeks to spend with their new son. Eric teaches at Kodiak High School and Kodiak Middle School while Jennifer teaches at Main Elementary School.

Jennifer said her first-grade students at Main Elementary were very excited for her to have her baby, so she plans to pop in and visit them.

After their break, they will look to the grandparents for help.

“They’ll be here for three weeks when I go back to work,” Jennifer said.

Dylan’s grandmother Peggy Chapple traveled into Kodiak from Homer to be present for his birth.

“I came to this birth, as I have for all their births,” she said.

Dylan’s grandfather John Chapple is in Homer, and his other grandparents Gary and Evelyn Waltenbaugh live in Portland, Ore. but are currently traveling in Southeast Asia.

Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center spokesperson Karen Leatherman said the hospital typically delivers around 200 babies each year.

Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiakdailymirror.com.

Helping Hands

• Norman’s: $25 gift certificate and storage containers

• Big Al’s Pizzeria and Cost Savers: Free pizza and $50 gift card

• Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center: a gift certificate to a local merchant

• Mack’s Sport Shop: XtraTufs, clothes, a water bottle, teddy bear, and book.

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