SPRING HILL — Having a baby was the last thing Haley Reppuhn and Brandon Hayes expected to be doing on New Year's Eve. Instead, they were all set to go to a party Thursday night.
Emma Kimberly Hayes had other ideas. As it turned out, the tiny, 6-pound 11-ounce baby girl, born at 12:21 a.m. Friday at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, was a sweet New Year's surprise for the couple.
"She wasn't due for another 11 days," offered Haley Reppuhn, 24. "But that's fine with us. From now on, she'll be known as the first baby (in Hernando County) of 2010. That's something she'll always be able to tell people."
Reppuhn said she and Brandon arrived at her doctor's office Thursday afternoon for a routine checkup only to learn that her blood pressure had spiked considerably. Her doctor decided it would be best to send her across the street to Spring Hill Regional for further monitoring. About 2:30 p.m. she was given medication to induce labor.
"We were still thinking it was going to be days before the baby arrived," Reppuhn said. However, things progressed in a different way. By late evening, Reppuhn was being prepared for a Caesarean section.
As friends and family members dropped by the hospital suite to visit Friday, Hayes prepared to dash to a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite for himself and Reppuhn. Afterward, he was hoping to get some much-needed sleep.
"There's been so much excitement we haven't thought much about eating or sleeping," he said.
Logan Neill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1435.