At 1:55 p.m. Jan. 10, 2014, the lives of Shanaya Schaaf and Aaron Swan changed forever with the birth of their daughter, Heidi Lucille Swan. In addition to receiving the eight-pound, 20-inch-long bundle of joy they were expecting, they also got an unexpected surprise.
Heidi was the first baby of 2014 born at The Memorial Hospital, a fact that was unusual news for her parents, who had no idea a child born nearly two weeks into the New Year would receive so much attention by hospital staff.
“We had a scheduled C-section. Everybody was excited, and we had people swinging by to see the first baby of the year,” Shanaya said.
Heidi also was the first of the engaged couple’s children to be born in Craig.
“We totally enjoyed everything, I couldn’t believe how nice the hospital was,” Shanaya said.
As part of a hospital tradition, the family received a gift basket bursting with helpful items for a newborn, such as baby lotion, wipes, stuffed animals, booties and more.
The materials are very much appreciated right now, Aaron said.
Aaron’s job situation currently is up in the air, since he was laid off from Twentymile the day before his daughter was born.
With Shanaya pursuing a degree in the online program with Western Governors University, Aaron is the “sole provider.”
“I’ve got to keep bringing in the income,” he said.
Although there has been some financial stress, the family’s home life is nonetheless very peaceful, and the new baby has brought them all closer.
Aaron’s children from a previous relationship — Lexi, 10, and Brody, 8 — have enjoyed their half-sister’s presence in the house.
“They just love her,” he said.
Shanaya said the couple’s youngest son, Benton, 2, has acclimated well to no longer being the baby of the family and becoming a big brother.
“He’s great, always helping out, and he wants to give her kisses and hold her hand,” she said. “I love being a mom. I’ve got great kids, and it’s so fantastic.”
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.