She was expected to be born a week ago, but Kassidy E. Lyons didnt start making her way out of her mothers womb until noon on Christmas Eve. She seemed to be stubbornly waiting to make her entrance into the world on Christmas Day.
And thats exactly what the 7-pound, 14-ounce baby did at 6:18 a.m. Tuesday in Samaritan Medical Center after putting up a vigorous 18-hour fight that wore out her mother, Elizabeth M. Lyons. Her daughter already has started exhibiting the qualities of a perfectionist who makes sure she gets what she wants, said the new 25-year-old mother, whose husband, Joseph A., is stationed at Fort Drum.
She definitely wanted to make her appearance on Christmas, she said, smiling. Kassidy who wailed and cried loudly after being born was sleeping soundly in her fathers arms during the evening. She wore stylish pink booties resembling retro Converse All Star sneakers. Because her birthday fell on Christmas Day, the couple decided Kassidy deserves the privilege of celebrating her half-birthday, too, on June 25.
I originally said I didnt want a Christmas baby because she wouldnt have a party, but it was destiny, Mrs. Lyons said. Everybody keeps telling us we have to throw her a half-birthday party, and were for it.
The couple moved to Watertown this summer from Lawton, Okla., where Mr. Lyons, 27, was stationed at Fort Sill for more than two years before deciding to transfer here, which is much closer to their families. They grew up together in the town of Oppenheim, at the southern tip of the Adirondack Park. They met while attending Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School, where he was best friends with her brother. But they didnt start dating until January 2011, when Mr. Lyons was home from Oklahoma on leave. He proposed shortly thereafter in March 2011, when she visited him at the post, and they were married the following July.
Mrs. Lyons, who made the move from Oklahoma to the north country while five months pregnant, said she never could have fathomed her future would catapult as it has in the past two years. But as she looks at her Christmas baby resting in her husbands arms, it seems like she finally has her feet planted on solid ground again. She feels peace.
Everything was kind of a whirlwind for us, but its been exciting, she said. It took a while for us to get the ball rolling, but once it did, it rolled fast.
The couple hasnt planned an official Christmas-baby celebration yet. But theyll bring Kassidy, the only baby born on Christmas Day in the north country, along to a large family gathering in their hometown on New Years Day, where shell be the center of attention. Shes going to be the center of attention, they now realize, for many years to come.
Shes definitely stubborn, Mrs. Lyons said with a laugh. Every time we did an ultrasound, she would cross her arms over her face so we couldnt see her.
But maybe thats just a natural way for Christmas babies to behave.
I think shes going to be little Miss Perfectionist, she said. Shell be the center of attention.
Kassidy was the only baby reported born on Christmas in Jefferson, St. Lawrence or Lewis counties.