Miracle on East Victory Way

Craig's first baby of the year joins long-standing family


They call her a miracle.

She's their second. Her name is Amber Irene Parfrey. And she's the first baby born in Craig in 2007.

"When you live here your whole life, it's pretty neat," Amber's father, Shane Parfrey, said.

"We're all natives now," her mother, Rose Parfrey, said.

Amber joined her family -- which also includes her 3 1/2-year-old brother, Hunter Parfrey -- at 9:26 a.m. Monday at The Memorial Hospital.

She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.

"She eats and sleeps, and that's about it," Shane said.

He admires her long, thin fingers.

"These look like little lady hands to me," Shane said.

With dark hair and dark eyes, Amber came two days early after an easy pregnancy and delivery. There weren't even many indications that Rose was pregnant.

She gained little weight on her thin frame and didn't have any cravings.

"I was just hungry," Rose said.

She had morning sickness twice with Amber. She did not experience nausea during her pregnancy with Hunter.

"Rose, you don't know how lucky you are," Shane said.

And the couple feels even luckier to be blessed with children.

Rose will be 38 in February. The couple decided to delay starting a family.

"Most of our friends have children who are 18 years old now," Rose said.

And Shane has diabetes, which makes conceiving more difficult. However, within a month of Shane suffering a stroke, Rose became pregnant with Hunter.

"I think the miracle of our story is how long we've been together," Rose said. "If you work together and love each other, you can make it last. Honey, we're working on 20 years of being married."

The couple lives in a home on East Victory Way that was owned by Shane's grandfather since at least 1947.

"This house is getting smaller and smaller as our family keeps getting bigger and bigger," Rose said.

Amber, who Rose named because Shane named Hunter, is now settling into that house. And Shane, Rose and Hunter are settling into her.

Are there more children in the future for the Parfreys?

"No more miracles for us," Rose said. "Two is enough for us. These two will keep us hopping."

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