Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 1, 2008

Four Seasons' Baby New Year welcomed at BRMC

BLUEFIELD — When family and friends say Happy New Year to Aubrey David Sommers, they can also say Happy Birthday for good measure.

Aubrey was born at approximately 12:05 p.m. on New Year’s Day, a little later than his parents, Steve and Kathleen Sommers of Princeton had expected. They had spent most of the morning at Bluefield Regional Medical Center waiting Aubrey’s arrival.

“I figured it would be before New Year’s, but I didn’t think it would be New Year’s Day,” Steve Sommers said.

No other hospitals in the Mercer County or Tazewell County areas had any births scheduled for New Year’s, so the fact the first baby boy of 2008 arrived so late in the day was a little unusual.

“I was happy and surprised,” Kathleen said. “It was pretty late in the afternoon to be the first baby.”

Remembering Aubrey’s birthday won’t be a problem since it’s the first day of the year.

“That’s one date that won’t be easy to forget,” Steve said. “That’ll be easier on me.”

“We’ll just celebrate it like any other birthday,” Kathleen added.

“We might as well combine Christmas and his birthday,” Steve said.

Aubrey, who weighted 7 pounds and 12 ounces at birth, has a big brother waiting at home: Austin Paul Sommers, who joined the family 21 months ago.

As BRMC’s first baby boy in 2008, Aubrey received a gift basket with items a new boy and his parents need. A pink basket awaits the first girl born this new year.

Aubrey’s grandparents include Jerald and Pamela Hart, great-grandmother Aletha Sommers, Sr. and grandmother Aletha Sommers, Jr.

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