Jody Lewis received a special birthday gift early Saturday morning: the birth of her first child.
Devon Keith Lewis was born at 1:29 a.m. at Columbia Regional Hospital, making him Columbia’s first baby of 2005, a hospital spokeswoman said.
“I’m very excited,” Lewis said. “Devon is a nice birthday gift.”
Devon, whose father is Tim Payne, weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20½ inches long. His arrival early in the new year matches his mother’s. Jody Lewis was born at 1:56 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1976, her stepmother, Penny Lewis, said. Jody Lewis celebrated her 29th birthday Saturday.
With two birthdays to be celebrated on Jan. 1, Jody Lewis has already thought about how to mark the occasion. “I thought I’d celebrate my birthday on New Year’s Eve, as we usually do, with dinner and dancing, and we can have a baby party in the afternoon on News Year’s Day after I sleep,” Lewis said.
Devon’s grandmother Barbara Payne witnessed the birth. She said it was the first time she saw one of her grand-children born and the first New Year’s Eve she has spent away from her husband in many years.
“(Jody) worked hard,” Payne said. “It brought back memories. It was pretty intense. We were all sweating for her.”
Devon’s due date was Jan. 17, but because Lewis had high blood pressure, her doctors induced labor at 3 p.m. Friday to reduce the risk of complications. Lewis said she had not planned to have her baby on New Year’s Day.
Lewis, a sales consultant at the Columbia Missourian, said she chose the name Devon because she wanted a name that was unique. “There’s so many Charles Lewises and Matthew Lewises out there,” said the mother, referring to her father’s and brother’s names, respectively. “But I found out that three other babies born at this hospital were named Devon this week.”