Santa Barbara County’s first baby of the year of the lay serenely in his mother’s arms Tuesday afternoon, unaware of what all the fuss was about.
Camera shutters whirred as a pair of photographers searched for the best angle to capture the mother, father and child, but Bodie Liam Cherry-Morden wasn’t bothered. He’d already had a long day.
“He’s already a bit of a show-off,” quipped Bodie’s father, Glen Morden, as he looked on smiling.
The boy’s mother, Jamie Cherry, said their son was actually due Christmas Eve but when the day came he wasn’t quite ready. She carried him for a total of 41 weeks and one day.
He is Ms. Cherry and Mr. Morden’s first child.
Mr. Morden is the vice president of Product Innovation, Materials and Development at Patagonia and Ms. Cherry is an associate rep facilitator at Patagonia.
The couple moved to Carpinteria in May after spending 10 years in Ventura.
Ms. Cherry went into labor at around 11 p.m. Sunday and checked into Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Bodie was finally born at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday.
“We tried to have a natural birth and we got a little tired at around 8:30-9, then we had an epidural and that got us back on track at around midnight or 1:30 ,” said Mr. Morden.
“It happened very fast after that,” agreed Ms. Cherry.
Bodie was born 6 pounds 12 ounces and 20.5 inches long.
Ms. Cherry said Bodie means shelter in Celtic or Scandinavian.
By Tuesday afternoon Bodie had already had his first three feedings, a diaper change and a swaddle.
“We’ve just been sleeping together and enjoying the New Year,” said Ms. Cherry, who said that aside for a few squeaks her son spent the day quietly sleeping.
“It’s no longer Happy New Year’s for us. It’s Happy Birthday,” said Mr. Morden.
In the North County, Kaela Anchepa was born to Mayra and Darrell Anchepa at 10:43 a.m. at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. She is their third daughter. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 191/4 inches.