Local hospital sees two Christmas births
There were no mangers or wise men bearing gifts, but two local families celebrated Christmas births — and both the children of carpenters, so to speak.
Two children were born at Central Carolina Hospital Christmas Day: The two children born at Central Carolina Hospital Christmas were Collin Maximus-Avery Carpenter, son of Megan Friend and Brandon Carpenter, and Taylor Cheyenne Wimbley, daughter of Quentera Jackson and Jerod Wimbley, a local carpenter.
"It was a complete surprise," Jackson said, whose delivery date was for Jan. 7.
"We are very excited about our Christmas baby," she said. "It's been a good experience and we're thankful to have our holiday baby."
Jackson, who works at t.l.c. home Inc., said she woke up Tuesday feeling ill and knew right away she was going into delivery. The family left in such a hurry, their Christmas gifts remained unopened Christmas morning, she said.
The family returned to their Sanford home Wednesday afternoon, and Jackson said they were looking forward to opening their Christmas presents with the newest family addition.
Friend, who works at Caterpillar, was not expecting to deliver until Dec. 29, she said, and woke up knowing Tuesday was the day.
"This is the real thing," she said. "I knew the difference and we were just so excited and thought it was ironic."
People celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of a carpenter, on Christmas and now, Carpenter said, the family has its own special boy. The couple also has a 2-year-old daughter who, they said, is looking forward to meeting her baby brother.
"I showed her pictures on my phone and she kept saying, 'My baby brother. My baby brother,'" said Carpenter, a former tattoo artist and stay-at-home dad.
The couple said they might celebrate Collin's birthday on Christmas Eve or even in the summer with his sister, but that he wouldn't be slighted when it comes to presents. It's also not the first time the family has celebrated a Christmas birth. Friend's brother had a daughter last year on Christmas Day, and she joked it was becoming a holiday tradition.
"We are just so very excited," Friend said.
Typically, two to three babies are delivered every day at the hospital, said Mary Florit, Central Carolina Hospital Director of Obstetrics, adding that Christmas deliveries are common. Both of the two Christmas babies and every baby born in December is given a giant stocking to be carried in as part of the volunteer program at the hospital.