EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Hunter Paul Stroh didn’t want to wait until his Jan. 17 due date to join his family. Hunter decided to move things up a bit and was the first baby born in 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Hunter’s parents, Andrea and Chad Stroh of Eau Claire, welcomed their son into the world at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.
“I wasn’t sure whether it was going to be another false alarm,” says Chad, after Andrea spent Thursday night at the hospital, but then went home. On Sunday, Andrea said it was time to go back. Chad dropped her off at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and then drove to drop their 4-year-old daughter Emily off at a friend’s house before joining his wife for the birth of their second child. Meanwhile, things were moving quickly back at the Family Birth Center.
“I was holding back pushing, waiting for him to get there,” Andrea says. Just as Chad was arriving at the hospital, he received a text from Andrea, telling him the baby was coming.
“It was one big sigh of relief when he walked through that door,” Andrea says. Hunter was born almost immediately after dad arrived.
Hunter weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long, the exact same weight and height as his big sister when she was born.
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