Lily Grace Philpot won the race to become Boulder County’s first baby of 2020, holding off until two days after her official due date.
The 6-pound, 10-ounce little girl was born at 1:53 a.m. at Louisville’s Avista Adventist Hospital to Beth and Clint Philpot of Northglenn. The couple’s second baby, she joined big sister Cora, who is 2.
“It was fun the whole night to talk about being the first baby,” Clint Philpot said. “We were getting updates on how many other mothers were in the hospital. It was kind of exciting.”
He said they were mainly hoping Lily’s birthday wouldn’t fall on Christmas, but having a New Year’s birthday was a bonus.
“There will always be a party,” he said. “We’re just excited she’s here.”
Another baby, this time a boy, was born at Lafayette’s Good Samaritan Medical Center at 2:21 a.m. Zaden Phoenix Havens Higgins was born to Thornton’s Autem Leaf Higgins. Zaden joins his 2-year-old sister, Infinity.
Higgins said she thought she would deliver him before his due date, which was Dec. 27, but is happy he waited to make his entrance.
“I like having a New Year’s baby — not because it’s a new year, but a new decade,” she said.
In Longmont, the first baby born there was at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital. Colm Pruett was born at 4:07 a.m. to parents Emily Gibson and Michael Pruett of Longmont. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, was 19.5 inches long and had an older brother, 3-year-old Grayson, excited to meet him.
Gibson said she wasn’t due until Jan. 15, but “had a feeling” Colm would show up early just like his older brother. Her obstetrician also gave her a little advance warning, telling her Tuesday that it was likely she would meet her baby that night. As it turned out, they ended up in the hospital shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Gibson noted Grayson was born just a day after a holiday, on July 5.
“I might have two little boys who like to have parties and fireworks,” she joked.
A few minutes after Colm was born in Longmont, Boulder saw its first birth at 4:11 a.m. at Boulder Community Hospital. Robin Louise Thrash, a girl, was born to Marcy and Cary Thrash of Longmont.
The Denver Post reported the first Colorado baby born in 2020 was Cecily DiCerbo, delivered at at 12:13 a.m. in St. Anthony Summit Medical Center’s Birth Place to Jamie Way and Greg DiCerbo of Breckenridge.