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New Lives in the New Year

January 21, 2009
New lives in the new year First babies of 2009 make their entrances in Lafayette, Louisville By Chalan Harper and Mollie Foster Colorado Hometown Newspapers Despite hoping their first child would arrive on time, on Dec. 28, baby Cole Ralph Morgan couldn’t be rushed. At 2:57 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 1, Cole Morgan made his entrance into the world, and became the first baby born at Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital, in Lafayette, in 2009. “We were actually wanting to have him before the new year for the tax write-off,” mother Carrie Turner joked. His parents — Turner and her fiance, Mike Morgan, of Longmont — were excited about the event, but definitely had not expected it. “I was very ready to have him,” Turner said. “There was a lot of waiting and anticipating seeing him and meeting him.” Turner said she went into early labor around 1 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, but was sent home because doctors pronounced the labor too early. At 7 a.m., Turner and Morgan were back at the hospital, this time for the long haul. Sixteen hours later, nearly three hours into the new year, Cole Morgan was born. Turner said their experience at Exempla Good Samaritan was great, and the education and comfort the staff provided was integral. “It was a very scary time for me, but they really helped calm me down,” Turner said. Turner is a hair stylist, born and raised in Longmont. She met Morgan six years ago, while working as a bartender/ waitress at the Third Avenue Grill, which is now Shorty’s. Both Turner and Morgan are 31. Though Cole Morgan is the couple’s first child, Turner said the couple plans to have another child in about two years, or so. But first, they will have to make it through a wedding, which they are planning for September 19, this year. For now, Turner and Morgan are taking their time getting to know the newest addition to their family. “It’s wonderful,” Turner said. “We’re not getting much sleep at night, but it’s been very great. It’s a life-changing experience, for sure. It’s been really fun to bond with him and get close with him.” In Louisville, while a mother’s delivery of the first baby in 2009 at Avista Adventist Hospital was quick, it was not smooth. The mother went into labor without an epidural. The baby’s shoulders got stuck during delivery and hospital staff called for help, accidentally pressing the wrong button. “They pressed the blue button, which means the mother is not breathing,” said Anastasiya Bondarenko, describing her delivery. “That was really scary.” Aside from the exciting and short delivery, at 9:38 a.m., a healthy baby boy, Austin Bondarenko, was born weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Baby Austin, of Thornton, was the first baby of the new year at Avista Adventist Hospital. Austin is the second child for Anastasiya and Andrew Bondarenko — the first is Izabella, a two-year-old girl. “It’s awesome (being a mother of two),” Bondarenko said. “I’m not sure who he looks like yet.” Bondarenko said when her family found out the due date — Dec. 31 — they had a feeling they would have a child in 2009. “I was excited,” Bondarenko said. “My husband said, ‘You’ll be spending the new year in the hospital,’ and I said, ‘No, we’ll be spending new years in the hospital,’” Bondarenko said, laughing.