With a Dec. 31 due date, Lisa and Jason Kraft had joked about whether they’d end up with a 2016 tax deduction or the first baby of 2017.
Lisa Kraft, a fifth-grade teacher at J.V. Washam Elementary School in Cornelius, went into labor right on schedule Saturday afternoon. At 23 minutes after midnight Sunday, Charlee Marie Kraft arrived and settled the question.
Even then, they didn’t really think they’d have Charlotte’s first baby. In 2016, hospitals in the region saw three babies born in the first minute of the year. This year, though, Charlee came well ahead of Novant Health’s first arrival: Khylin Cheyenne Gomes, son of Katrina Gaither and Ameche Gomes, was born at 1:52 a.m. at Presbyterian Medical Center.
Charlee, who weighs 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and is named for her paternal grandpa, slept through the media gaggle that came to record her arrival Sunday afternoon. She’s Lisa Kraft’s first baby, but joins half-siblings Paiten Kraft, 9, and Austin Kraft, 14.
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“Adding another member to the gang is just great for everyone,” said Jason Kraft, a contractor.