By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer
FAIRFIELD - When the ball dropped, out he popped.
Thomas Earl Buschelmann Jr. and his wife, Tonya Buschelmann, of Hamilton hold Thomas Earl III, born 15 seconds into 2004 at Mercy Hospital Fairfield in Fairfield.|
(Ernest Coleman photo)
Just 15 seconds into the new year, Thomas Earl Buschelmann III made his debut at Mercy Hospital Fairfield.
He became Greater Cincinnati's first newborn of 2004 with a big, well-timed push from his mom, Tonya Buschelmann, a 26-year-old medical assistant.
Just before midnight Wednesday, she, her husband, Thomas Jr., doctors and nurses were in a birthing suite, looking up at a live TV broadcast of the crystalline mirrored ball dropping on New York's Times Square as revelers counted down, "10, 9, 8..."
Hold on, advised the delivery doctor, Frank Wolfe. Then, as the numbers "2004" lit up on the TV, Mrs. Buschelmann gave a healthy push. .
The first child for the Hamilton couple, the baby weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. He was born earlier than his expected due date, Jan. 5 - and several hours quicker than doctors estimated when his mom arrived at the hospital in labor around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Doctors thought the baby would come around 3 a.m.
After the baby arrived, the birthing suite erupted with cheers and excited queries about the exact time. Dr. Wolfe began calling other hospitals and quickly became sure the Buschelmann baby was the region's first of the new year, Mrs. Buschelmann said.
The new parents received a basket full of gifts from the Babies R Us store, including a colorful bib with a banner proclaiming the child was the first baby of 2004.
The proud father, a 27-year-old accountant, noted that his son's 2004 birth means no 2003 tax deduction.
"We wanted the tax break, but since we didn't get it, it makes it great that he was the first baby," Mr. Buschelmann said. "It's great; it's fantastic; it's awesome ... ."
The new family is expected to go home today or Saturday; a trio of grandparents, Joann Buschelmann and JoAnne and Greg Rand, all of Hamilton, are waiting to dote on him.
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