Couple has first baby of 2005 |

Couple has first baby of 2005

Autumn Phillips

Mara and Ty Louthan sat on the edge of a hospital bed Sunday looking overwhelmed. It was their second day as parents. Mara Louthan, 19, sipped a Pepsi that her mom, Kelly Berry, brought in with lunch and talked about her new son.

Hac Zane Louthan was born at 4:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2005, as the first baby of the new year. It was an easy labor, Mara said. She arrived at the hospital at 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and was a mother five hours later.

Her husband, 20-year-old Ty Louthan, stood by her side in the delivery room with his hand on her leg. Her mother held her other leg.

Mara and Ty hadn’t expected to have a baby on New Year’s Eve. Mara wasn’t due until Jan. 16. They planned to stay at home, relax and watch a few movies.

They were halfway through “Open Water” when Mara realized she needed to go to the hospital.

Mara and Ty are Yampa residents and high school sweethearts. They met at Soroco High School when Mara was a freshman but didn’t start dating until her junior year.

Ty works as a driller for Ager Drilling Service in Yampa.

Before Hac Louthan was born, his parents didn’t know if he was going to be a boy or a girl.

“It was a surprise, and we wanted it to be,” Mara said.

Because the gender of the baby was a surprise, the couple put off having a baby shower until after the birth. They plan to decorate in a Winnie the Pooh theme.

Hac Louthan was born at 8 pounds and is 20 1/4 inches long.

He has light brown hair like his dad’s and “he has my feet and long toes,” Mara said. Hac Zane Louthan is named after Ty’s father, Zane Louthan.

Mara held her son in her arms for the first time and couldn’t believe it.

“It was amazing,” she said. “I can’t believe this is mine. It was a very happy moment.”

— To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

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