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Casper’s New Year’s baby born after Denver detour (Photos)

BreAnna and Cody McFarland sit with their newborn son, Paxton, at the Wyoming Medical Center on Friday afternoon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

BreAnna McFarland and her husband Cody spent her 21st birthday and Christmas away from home.

Not because of a birthday vacation, but because their first child, Paxton, was on the verge or arriving too early.

On her birthday, December 10, Breanna was sent by air ambulance to a specialized hospital in Denver.

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“I had to stay in Denver until I was at 34 weeks,” said BreAnna.

They were sent home to Casper on Monday, and on Thursday Paxton was born.

Paxton McFarland (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

While spending a milestone birthday and the Christmas holiday under medical supervision in another city isn’t ideal, the McFarlands aren’t complaining.

“It was all for my son so it doesn’t matter,” she said. “I would’ve done anything for him.”

Paxton isn’t exactly the Wyoming Medical Center’s first baby of 2020. The first family declined the traditional gifts and honors, offering them to the next baby instead.

That baby is Paxton, who was born on January 2nd, weighing 5 pounds and 7 ounces.

“We didn’t expect having a New Year’s Baby,” said BreAnna. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Paxton’s healthy, but since he is technically premature he will be monitored at the WMC for at least another week.

BreAnna and Cody praised their medical teams both in Casper and at St. Luke’s in Denver. “They were all extraordinary,” said Breanna.

“We’re just happy to have our baby, it doesn’t matter what day it might’ve been. We’re ecstatic either way.”

“It’s overwhelming that’s for sure,” said BreAnna. “You’re scared but excited at the same time.”

BreAnna and Cody McFarland met as sophomores at KWHS and were married on June 15 last year.

Now the two are eager to start their new lives as new parents at home, particularly after weeks in hospitals.

“Hospital couches aren’t too comfortable,” said Cody.