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First baby of the year born
Shannon and Storm Abeyta welcomed their newborn son, Conan Abeyta, on Wednesday at Riverton Memorial Hospital. Conan was born at 1:02 p.m. Wednesday and was Riverton's first baby of 2013. Photo Wayne Nicholls

First baby of the year

Jan 3, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Shannon Abeyta was surprised to hear that her newborn son, Conan Abeyta, was Riverton's first baby of 2013.

"I'm kind of shocked (that) it didn't happen yesterday," Shannon said Wednesday from her delivery room at Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Conan was born at 1:02 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. He weighed 10 pounds, 14 ounces and was 22 inches long.

"There's your linebacker," Shannon said as she handed the heavy bundle to her husband, Storm Abeyta.

Conan is the third son for the Abeytas, and Shannon said he earned his name coming out.

"He fought it," she said. "He kept wanting to go up instead of down."

Despite the struggle, and his size, Shannon said Conan was the easiest of her three deliveries. Sons Dagon Abeyta, 5, and Raden Abeyta, 1, both came out weighing about seven pounds.

"So far he's a little chunkier," Shannon said of her newborn. "The first thing the doctor said was look at all that hair, and those cheeks."

Conan's shock of dark hair was covered Wednesday by a knit cap that was provided by the hospital along with his first outfit. Shannon said RMH staff had trouble finding anything that would fit her hefty baby.

"The newborn clothes were tight on him," she laughed.

He didn't seem to mind the snug fit, though. Conan napped quietly while his parents chatted with Shannon's grandma Carol Lynch, who had been present for the delivery.

"She's a good focal point while you're in labor," Shannon said.

Lynch had been there when Dagon and Raden were born, too, and she complimented Shannon for her work Wednesday.

"You did a good job," Lynch said before returning her attention to her newest great-grandson. "He's a good baby. He seems to know his daddy and mommy are here."

Conan hadn't met his siblings yet, including half-sister Sable Abeyta, 9, but Shannon said the family is eager to welcome the baby. They have been waiting for him for several weeks, she added.

"I thought I was going to have a Christmas baby," Shannon said, blaming the weather for Conan's tardiness. "He said, 'It's nasty out there. I'm not coming out.'"

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