First local baby of 2011 born to Jones couple

Few people would dispute that Seth Matthew Wilson has a birthday that will be easy to remember -- 1-01-11.

The 8-pound, 14-ounce baby boy was the first born in Bibb and Houston counties, coming into the world at 3:12 a.m. at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Crystal Wilson said she and her husband, David, were hoping Seth would be born healthy before the end of 2010, both for the tax benefit and because the couple’s now 7-year-old son Caleb was born weighing 9 pounds 10 ounces.

“We wanted him to be early. Caleb was too big,” said Wilson, of Jones County.

Not being due to deliver until Jan. 12, Wilson took a walk Friday afternoon at her church while Caleb and her daughter, 10-year-old Madison, played, she said.

She started having contractions after the walk. Before long, the contractions started coming closer and closer together, she said.

The couple took Caleb and Madison to their aunt’s house and went to the hospital about 7:45 p.m. to await Seth’s arrival.

“But he was meant to come on the first,” Wilson said.

Although the Wilsons spent their New Year’s Eve at the hospital, it didn’t go by without celebration.

Wilson said her husband looked at his watch just after midnight, gave her a kiss and a hug, and wished her happy New Year’s.

“We didn’t watch the ball drop,” she said. “That’s OK, though.”

Seth was sleeping soundly in his mother’s arms, wrapped in a blanket knitted by his grandmother, by early Saturday afternoon.

“He’s a good baby,” Wilson said as she slowly rocked him in her hospital room.

David Wilson said his wife and son expect to be discharged from the hospital Sunday.

Caleb and Madison are excited for their new brother to come home. Madison has promised to change diapers for a year, he said.

“I’m curious how long that will last,” he said with a chuckle.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.