While the first baby in Surry County for 2016 was born in Mount Airy Friday, the first baby for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital arrived in the wee morning hours Sunday.
Charles Christopher Ferguson entered the world at 4:16 a.m. Sunday, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measuring 20 1/2 inches in length. He is the first child for parents, Charles Gregory Ferguson Jr. and Alyssa “Aly” Sheree Ferguson of Ronda.
The infant waited out the Christmas holiday and passed its original due date of Dec. 27, 2015, said Aly. The doctors already had scheduled inducement for Monday if the baby didn’t decide to arrive on its own sooner, but no inducement was needed.
Aly said she was timing contractions Friday night into Saturday morning, so the couple headed to the hospital about 4 a.m. Saturday. “The contractions were really close,” she said.
Aly’s family all lives in Utah, where she grew up, and her mom was to fly in for the birth. “She said he couldn’t come yet because she wasn’t here,” said Aly. “He was waiting for grandma, because the contractions slowed down some. This is her first grandbaby.”
As her husband rested in a nearby pullout chair Monday with only have three hours of sleep in the past 48 hours, Aly said she was glad she didn’t have to be induced and the baby arrived on its own.
“I’m surprised he was the first, because it was already three days in,” said Aly of being the Hugh Chatham New Year baby.
As she awaited her discharge Monday holding her new son who was wrapped in a hand-crocheted blanket made by his paternal grandmother, she said she was looking forward “just bringing him home and being with him, and all of his little outfits.”
For father, Charles Gregory Jr., who grew up in the area playing football at Elkin High School, his son was one of five boys born to his family within a few months’ time as his brother had a boy six months ago, a cousin had a boy on Dec. 28, another cousin had a boy in October and a third cousin is due with a boy in March.
Charles Christopher Ferguson’s grandparents are Joanna and Richard Bartley and Lisa and Mitch Molling.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.