Leadville couple welcomes Summit’s first baby of 2015
Jared Hogue walked toward St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco on Wednesday, Dec. 31, in his Western States Fire Protection uniform.
A water pipe burst and flooded the Peak One Surgery Center earlier that day, and the folks there were happy to see him. On any other day the 36-year-old Hogue might have been arriving to work on the sprinkler system.
“No, no, I’m not here to do that,” he recalled saying. “I’m here to have a baby!”
That night, he and his wife Adina, 35, barely slept. They had more to celebrate than the New Year.
Their baby was due Jan. 2, and the couple worried Adina, a full-time student, would enter labor during a snowstorm in the middle of the night or when Jared was at work. They took advantage of the holiday and drove to the medical center. Adina was induced around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Almost 24 hours later, at 4:41 p.m. on New Years Day, she gave birth to Ashton Jamison Hogue.
Ashton weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces. His body measured 19 ¾ inches long, and his head was 13 ¾ inches around.
Adina said what she felt when she first saw and held Ashton was hard to describe. When she looked at her husband, who was crying, she started crying.
“There’s nothing else like watching the birth and watching him come out and seeing the lift come into him. You know, when they wake up,” said Jared, opening his hands like flashbulbs on either side of his face.
Sitting in their Leadville home Sunday, Jan. 11, Adina and Jared explained how they both have children from previous relationships, and Ashton is their first child together.
“This is way different for us,” Adina said, describing how for this birth they were both at more mature, stable points in their lives.
The couple started trying to have a child not long after they married about three years ago.
In November 2013, Adina was four months pregnant with a girl the couple had already named Winter Fate Hogue when she was driving to a doctor’s appointment after the first snow of the season.
Jared was driving from work to meet her and couldn’t reach her by phone. He had a bad feeling and drove toward Fremont Pass where he found the wreckage of her car.
“I thought she was dead,” he said.
Adina was shaken but physically fine. Later, at the doctor’s, they discovered their baby’s heart was no longer beating. They’re not sure if the car accident was to blame.
“That’s scary losing a baby like that,” Adina said. “So this pregnancy was really intense.”
FIRST OF 2015
The couple praised the hospital and said they were impressed with its staff.
Though another baby could’ve been born elsewhere in Summit County, St. Anthony staff told Adina she was the only woman who gave birth there on Jan. 1, making Ashton Summit’s unofficial first baby of 2015.
Adina said she’s heard people born on the first day of the calendar year find luck more often than most throughout their lives. Maybe he’ll be a pro snowboarder, she said.
“We’ll see if he gets a lucky life, hopefully he does,” she said. “He’s brought a lot of joy so far.”
She added Ashton has been an easy baby in his first 10 days.
“Yup, he eats and poops,” Jared said.
His 8-year-old daughter, Destiny, heard her new brother poop the day he came home, she said, laughing. “It was loud.”
She said she’s happy to have Ashton joining the family’s home, already active with a dog, cat and turtle.
A few days after Ashton was born, Adina grew concerned when she noticed his nail beds looked blue. The medical center sent the baby home with oxygen, the lowest concentration available, Jared said.
The Hogues hope he won’t need the supplemental oxygen after another week and think the fact that Adina lived above 10,000 feet during her pregnancy might have helped. Ashton’s name doesn’t come from any relatives or friends, Jared said. He thought of it while at work one day.
“It was weird. It just popped into my head,” he said.
BACK TO SCHOOL
On Monday, Adina will bring Ashton to class when she returns to school at the Leadville campus of Colorado Mountain College. She’s almost done with a bachelor’s degree in sustainability.
“She has a 3.825 GPA,” said her proud husband.
The college has been supportive and raised money to help fund cloth diapers, Adina said. She plans to take her last class in the fall and graduate in the spring.
Then she wants to earn a master’s degree in social work, with thoughts of helping women who have struggled with substance abuse.
Adina hasn’t left home since returning from the medical center. On Sunday though, she said she was content to continue holding, cuddling and kissing baby Ashton.
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