County's first baby of 2005 arrives home

Dylan Marie Herndon was born Monday in Steamboat

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Moffat County's first baby of 2005 was born three days into the new year in Steamboat Springs.

Debbie Herndon gave birth to a 7 pound, 4 ounce girl at 3:56 p.m. Monday at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Mother and baby were released from the hospital Tuesday.

The girl, named Dylan Marie, was 20 inches long.

Dylan was a name that Debbie always liked, and Marie was Daddy's choice.

Dylan was due Friday, and after the holiday came and went, doctors decided to induce Debbie's labor. Seven hours later, Debbie was a mother for the first time.

"They told me it would take at least 12 hours, so seven hours wasn't bad," Debbie said. "I was ready to have her two weeks ago."

Debbie is a Moffat County High School graduate who has lived in Craig for seven years. Her husband, Cary, is a journeyman carpenter.

Debbie plans to be a stay-at-home mother. She quit her job when she found out she was pregnant. She'd had a miscarriage six months before and wanted to take it easy.

"We are so excited," Debbie said.

Not only was her baby the newest Moffat County resident of 2005, which Debbie thinks is "pretty cool," the odd-numbered sequence of her daughter's birth date --1-3-5 -- is intriguing, she said.

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