'We wanted to meet the little guy'

Emmitt Metskas weighed about 8 pounds at birth on afternoon of New Year's Day

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Vanessa and Alex Metskas welcomed their first child and the first baby of the year born at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital at 4:46 p.m. Jan. 1.

Emmitt Metskas, who weighed about 8 pounds and measured nearly 20 inches at birth, was originally due to be born on Dec. 28. A few days after he was due, Vanessa and Alex, Lakewood residents, decided to induce labor and eventually their son was delivered via a cesarean section.

“We didn’t want to prolong the process any more,” Vanessa said. “We wanted to meet the little guy.”

The procedure was extremely quick, with the couple’s physician suggesting a c-section at 4:30 p.m. and about 15 minutes later, Emmitt was born, Alex said. 

“We rang in the new year in the hospital,” he said. “It’s a fun (birth) date, 1/1/2021. He gets to skip 2020.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic caused havoc for many last year, Vanessa, 32, and Alex, 31, see it as a year that had many gifts for them, such as preparing for the birth of their first child. 

“I see this as a strong finish to the year,” Alex said. “Now we have him and we're going on a whole new adventure.”

After Emmitt was born, the hospital provided the family with a special first-baby gift basket including knitted hats, a baby blanket and supplies such as diapers, the couple said.

“We got a little care package,” Alex said.

In 2021, the family hopes to continue having health and safety while spending lots of time together.

“We hope to really be able to enjoy watching him grow and bonding and just being together,” Vanessa said.

They also are feeling hopeful about the news around vaccines and improving data regarding COVID-19 cases. 

“We’re looking forward to introducing him to uncles and aunts and grandma and grandpa,” Alex said. “And not having to worry about health in that process.”

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