Baby New Year skipped Christmas to be Manchester's first newborn of 2017
By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
Union Leader Staff | January 01. 2017 4:33PM
"We were expecting to have a Christmas baby," the Marlow mom said Sunday.
Francis McMahon waited until 5:11 a.m. on New Year’s Day to enter the world at Catholic Medical Center, the first baby delivered at a Manchester hospital in 2017.
The newborn weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces, more than either of the couple’s two other sons, Henry, 15 months, and William, who is 2 1/2.
Mom was due to deliver on Dec. 23, but Francis wasn’t ready.
Dad had told William the family was expecting a a special delivery.
"We explained Santa was bringing Francis," Mike McMahon said.
"When Santa didn’t bring Francis, we told him Santa had forgot," he said. "Santa forgot, so we had to go to the North Pole to get him."
Caitlyn McMahon, who recently resigned as public information and social media coordinator at the Keene School District, came to the hospital last Friday scheduled to have her delivery induced, but she changed her mind at the last minute.
"I felt like I would go into labor naturally," she said. "We had no medical reason. I didn’t want to rush him."
She went into labor the next morning.
Dad, a video production coordinator at Southern New Hampshire University, was rooting for their son to arrive in 2016, partly to take advantage of an extra year’s tax deduction.
"All night, ‘Come on!’" he recalled.
If nature hadn’t taken its course, she would have come back to the hospital Monday to get induced.
The baby’s timing delayed New Year’s Day dinner, a Scottish feast including steak pie, for a day.
Elliot Hospital reported its first baby of 2017 was born at 6:50 a.m.