TEMPLE — The first 2014 baby born at Scott & White Hospital was a healthy boy weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces.
He was born at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday by cesarean section — and five weeks early, said Deke Jones, the hospital’s spokesman.
Garrett Nutt, 18½ inches long, was born to Joshua and Erin Nutt who live in south Austin.
The mother was wheeled in by Joshua Nutt to see her new son because they had just seen him briefly Wednesday morning before he was whisked away to the neonatal intensive unit because he was premature.
“This is the first time I’ve seen him since I turned to him and kissed his cheek after he was born,” Erin Nutt said as the nurse carefully placed Garrett into her arms.
Her eyes strayed continuously to her new son as she placed light kisses on his forehead and head full of dark hair.
His father laughingly said, “I can’t imagine if he’d waited five more weeks. He would have come out with a college degree,” referring to his son’s weight and size.
“His lungs were going full steam when he came out,” Erin Nutt said.
Joshua Nutt said this is his sixth child and the third for him and Erin.
“We’re done!” he said with a grin. “He’s beautiful.” The Nutts transferred from Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock to have the baby because that facility didn’t have a neonatal intensive care unit.
Erin Nutt said she is a Type 1 diabetic, so that was the reason for the early delivery.
“Things have come a long way since ‘Steel Magnolias,’” Erin said, referring to the movie in which Julie Roberts played Shelby, a young woman who was a diabetic and got pregnant.
In the movie’s setting, a pregnancy could be fatal for someone with Shelby’s condition, but Shelby said she’d rather have “30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”
“Healthy babies like Garrett are being born all the time to Type 1 diabetics,” Erin Nutt said.