Photo: Bill and Nikki Willcome and Kypling Gaberial, Shawano First 2017 Baby
Shawano’s first baby of 2017 arrived on Sunday morning to first time parents Bill and Nikki Willcome. Kypling Gabriel was born on New Year’s Day at 6:59 AM at ThedaCare-Shawano. Baby New Year was 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was born a couple weeks early. “We did not think we would have a New Year’s baby since he wasn’t due until January 15th” proud father, Bill Willcome said. Bill and his wife went to the hospital on New Year’s Eve, but Kypling waited until New Year’s Day to arrive.
“Things progressed slow to start, but once the morning hit, things sped up” said Bill. “When we came in we were not sure if it would be New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.”
Willcome said it was a good way to ring in the New Year.
“It’s just kind of exciting” Bill said. “Now he is going to be expecting parties and parades every year for his birthday, but the party really started when he came.”
Bill said the thought of celebrating New Year’s Day and his son’s birthday on the same day, is an interesting thought, but it is something his family is already used to.
“We will probably just roll the days all in” said Bill. “My Mom’s birthday is the 31st, so we may just combine the two and celebrate both days together.”