County's first baby of 2004 arrives

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When she gets older, Amelia Jane Seims might turn out to be a real go-getter. She was born two and one-half weeks ahead of her due date, becoming the first Moffat County baby of 2004.

Amelia was born on Jan. 6, and her parents, Hunter and Sharon Seims, brought her home the next day. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Amelia is the Seims' second child. Wyatt, 2, is still getting used to having his new sister around.

Because Amelia was expected to arrive Jan. 23, the Seims weren't concerned about having a Christmas baby, who so often get shortchanged on gifts during the holidays. The Seims usually travel for Christmas, visiting family in Phoenix. But because Sharon was so close to her due date, they stayed at home this year.

"It was the first time we had a real Christmas tree," Sharon said. "It was nice to have a white Christmas."

Amelia was born at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Hunter, a range specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, took a week off work to help Sharon, a stay-at-home mom, care for Amelia. Sharon's parents are driving up from Phoenix this weekend to see, help and spoil their new granddaughter.

"Having a toddler and a new born will be my challenge," Sharon said, as she held her baby and told Wyatt not to jump on a recliner.

From her experience of caring for Wyatt when he was a newborn, Sharon realizes she's not going to get much sleep anytime soon.

Having her second child was much easier than having her first, Sharon said.

"The second one was like butter," she said. "It was real quick."

Sharon and Hunter emphatically agreed that Amelia would be their last child.

"Two is enough," Hunter said. "There will be no additions to this house. We love this home, and don't want to find a bigger one."

The proud parents moved to Craig from Palm Springs, Calif., in 2002. They said they believe Craig will be a great place to raise their two kids.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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