Sunridge residents Kirsten and Eddie Shope are the parents of a son, who is believed to be the first Douglas County baby born in 2013.
With a projected due date of Jan. 23, Brayden Grey surprised everyone and arrived early, being born 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.
"It's a lot of fun because it's a special thing," 26-year-old Eddie said. "He's doing awesome. The whole process just blew my mind. When I first saw him it was amazing."
Brayden weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1⁄2 inches long.
The Shope's celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Wednesday. Along with being the Shope's first baby, he is also the first grandchild on both sides of the family.
Eddie said his baby boy has lots of black hair and dark brown eyes.
"He'll be pretty alert for five minutes, then he'll go back to sleep," Eddie said. "He cries when we have to change him, but other than that he hasn't cried. He seems like a pretty content baby."
On Wednesday baby and mother were resting at home.
"She's amazing. She recovered well. Right after he was born she had tons of energy still," Eddie said of his 24-year-old wife. "If you looked at her you would have never known she just had a baby."
Midwife Lenny Sue Tinseth has delivered several New Year babies, and said it is always special.
"We didn't expect this at all," Tinseth said of Brayden's early arrival. "He was absolutely perfect. His apgar scores were perfect. It's very exciting for me as a practitioner because it's just fun."