AUGUSTA — Keltie and Adrian Beaudoin didn’t realize it was midnight on New Year’s Eve until they were headed out the door of their Winthrop home to go to the hospital so Keltie could give birth, and they started hearing fireworks going off.

Just under four hours later, they were joined by their new son, Wesley Cooper Beaudoin, the first baby born in 2016 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta.

“We came in just past midnight, and we had our beautiful little baby boy born at 3:48 a.m.” Adrian Beaudoin said. “Everything went awesome.”

Wesley, who at birth weighed 8 pounds and was 21 1/2 inches long, is awesome, too, Beaudoin said.

“He’s been good all day. He’s not crying at all,” he said by phone from the couple’s room at the hospital, surrounded by family members including grandparents, the newest family member Wesley Cooper Beaudoin, and the Winthrop couple’s 16-month-old daughter, Samantha Lynn Beaudoin, who also was born at MaineGeneral Medical Center.

Samantha and Wesley met Friday afternoon. Their father, Adrian, 32, said Samantha is interested in her new baby brother, if a little confused “about this little guy we’re paying a lot of attention to.”

The couple have been together for five years. Adrian is originally from Sidney; Keltie, from Winthrop. Both still have family in the area. They moved to Winthrop to buy a home and settle down near their families and be a part of the community.

Adrian Beaudoin said New Year’s Day, for them, will be different from now on.

“Every party, every New Year’s, will no longer be about the beginning of the new year. It’s going to be about a birthday party for this guy,” he said of his son. “Next year, he’ll probably be up and running around.”

Their new son’s middle name, Cooper, was chosen because it is the name of their beloved, aging pet dog.

They chose the first name, Wesley, because they liked it.

“We’re happy and excited to be a healthy family,” said Keltie Beaudoin, 29. “It’s going to be a great year.”

Dr. Danielle Salhany delivered the baby. Their due date was Jan. 1.

“The doctors were great. The nurses helped a ton,” Adrian Beaudoin said. “There were no complaints or complications.”

Keltie Beaudoin, her husband said, had been having labor pains and contractions for the last three days, at home. The couple was having a quiet New Year’s Eve at home when her contractions started progressing rapidly, so they decided they’d better head to the hospital.

Adrian tests drinking water and builds water filtration systems for F.W. Webb in Augusta. Keltie plans to be a stay-at-home mom with their two children and hopes, in the future, to open a day care center.

Young Wesley was the first baby born at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, but not the first New Year’s baby born this year in Maine.

The first baby born in central Maine, and possibly in the state, was Isiah Norman Daku, born to parents Meghan Bitterauf and Levi Daku, of Farmington, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, also in Farmington.

He was born at 12:46 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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