New year, new beginnings, and for this Coast Guard family – new baby!

Tim, Sarah, Carter and Aaron Daugherty relax together on the couch with their two dogs after bringing Carter home from the hospital in early January 2016.

Tim, Sarah, Carter and Aaron Daugherty relax together on the couch with their two dogs after bringing Carter home from the hospital in early January 2016.

Carter Daugherty got the honorary distinction of being the first baby born in Alaska in 2016. Born at 12:57 a.m., Jan. 1, 2016, he is welcomed by his parents, Tim and Sarah, and his big brother, four-year-old Aaron.

“Carter was originally due on New Years Day, believe it or not, but as we progressed into the pregnancy, the doctor moved his due date to Christmas Day,” said Tim. “Christmas came and still no Carter. We had several family members in town at the time expecting his arrival. Carter decided to make his arrival the night before they were scheduled to fly back home.”

Tim and Aaron gather around baby Carter and mom Sarah at the hospital after he was born New Years morning 2016.

Tim and Aaron gather around baby Carter and mom Sarah at the hospital after he was born New Years morning 2016.

“We are all really big Alabama Crimson Tide fans and I think all the ‘Roll Tides’ from the New Year’s Eve playoff game prompted Carter to join us,” said Tim. “Only a couple hours after the game Sarah started having contractions. We arrived at the hospital a little before midnight and – by 12:57 a.m., Carter was welcomed into the world.”

Aaron holds his baby brother after bringing him home early January 2016.

Aaron holds his baby brother after bringing him home early January 2016.

“Aaron, who is 4 years old, has really taken on the ‘big brother’ role and is in complete awe of his baby brother,” said Tim. “He has become an excellent helping hand thus far.”

Carter Daugherty bundles up in his knit Coast Guard combination cover in early January 2016.

Carter Daugherty bundles up in his knit Coast Guard combination cover in early January 2016.

“We had no idea initially he was the first 2016 baby born in Alaska until later New Year’s Day. We began to receive calls from TV and radio stations from all over the state telling us that we were indeed the first,” said Tim. “The calls were one right after the other. We felt not only honored, but I guess you can say we had our ‘15 minutes of fame.’ Once we began to see his picture and story on all the news outlets and hearing it on the radio we knew we had something special.”

“There was a poor lady that had been in labor for 21 hours in the room next to us. Bless her heart I am sure she was expecting to have the first baby of the new year,” said Tim. “However, Carter came in less than an hour and shortly thereafter the other lady had hers. I’m quite sure she did not find it as humorous as we did.”

“It will be hard to top the remembrance of him being the first baby born in Alaska for 2016,” said Tim. “That is not something that just anyone is able to say!”

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