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Kannin Crowther is first 2013 baby

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013

The San Luis Valley's first baby of 2013 Kannin Jay Crowther takes a nap in mom Kelanee's arms. Dad is Nathan Crowther, right. Courier photo by Ruth Heide

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — On a snowy New Year’s morning, Kannin Jay Crowther entered the world as the first San Luis Valley baby born in 2013.

The first arrival, born just two minutes before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. He is the fourth child and third son of Nathan and Kelanee Crowther of Sanford.

His older brothers are Jace, 9, and Jaren, 8, and his only sister is Kaylan, 2 1/2. They were staying with their maternal grandparents in Creede, Kelly and Elaine Mortensen, on Tuesday but were excited about meeting their new baby brother when the road cleared.

Grandparents on Nathan’s side are Dennis and Debra Crowther of Sanford.

The Valley’s first newborn is also fortunate to have great grandparents, Tom and Sheral Rogers of Manassa; Floyd and Ellen Mortensen of La Jara; and Helen Crowther of Sanford.

“He was a surprise, but that’s OK,” Kelanee said. “We are happy that he’s here.”

Kannin brought his parents a few anxious moments in the middle of the night as he was not in the correct position and ultimately had to be delivered C-section.

“He wasn’t being cooperative,” Kelanee said, “but everybody’s fine now. He’s happy and healthy, and so are we.”

Kannin was due on January 1 and was right on time, bringing his mom to the SLV Regional Medical Center about 8:30 Monday night.

“We had good doctors and nurses,” Kelanee said. “They took really good care of us and got him here safe and sound. We are really appreciative of the doctors and nurses. They are fabulous.”

Kannin is named for a professional bronc rider, and his middle name Jay is a family name.

“We tried to have something original,” his dad Nathan said.

Nathan is a builder who also raises cattle. He and Kelanee, a teacher and librarian and Centauri High School, are Valley originals who are happy to be able to raise their children here too.

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