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Late birth leads to New Years gift

Baby takes its time coming for Gresham parents
by: Jim Clark Chelsea Pieske shows off her son, Grayson, who is the first child of Chelsea and her husband, Jordan.

Little Grayson Lee Pieske wasn't the slightest bit impressed with his 15 minutes of fame as the first New Year's baby born in Gresham.

When a pathetic wail failed to tug at the heartstrings of his mother and maternal grandmother, Grayson resorted to the trembling lower lip routine.

'He's very dramatic,' said mom, Chelsea, laughing.

The newborn is the first child for Gresham residents Jordan and Chelsea Pieske, who had been waiting since Dec. 23 to meet their son. Grayson finally made his entrance at 7:46 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 and a half inches long. The infant received a basket of gifts from the hospital's volunteer staff and also holds bragging rights as winner of The Outlook's first baby of the year contest.

He may have been late to arrive, but Grayson's birth is a stellar start to the new year for his parents.

Between the holidays and a looming near-Christmas due date, Chelsea and Jordan were well prepared for a new baby. They had acquired the needed furniture and infant necessities and their families were on alert. They had settled on a name and planned to honor a family tradition of having 'Lee' as the middle name for their son.

The couple was so calm about their impending life change that Grayson's unwillingness to meet the Dec. 23 due date didn't disappoint them.

'We were kind of thinking, 'OK, Christmas is over. New Year's would be cool,' ' Chelsea said. 'I was just thankful he wasn't a Christmas baby because that needs to be separate from a birthday. But New Year's is still pretty special.'

Grayson's tardiness had his Gresham and southern Oregon grandparents all on pins and needles, including Chelsea's mother in Roseburg.

'I was awake off and on the night before thinking about (Chelsea),' said LaVee Hummel, who is currently staying with the couple to help out. 'I figured she was in labor. I called Chelsea's phone Saturday morning and Jordan answered. I asked how she was doing and after he told me they were at the hospital, I packed up and drove up here. It was really special to be here when Grayson was born.'

A sports enthusiast who works in construction, Jordan was elated to learn his first child would be a boy, Chelsea said. She expected to see a new baseball mitt or basketball purchase, but Jordan has deferred to friends for sports-related essentials.

'Jordan hasn't bought anything yet, but a lot of our friends have given us (University of Oregon) Duck stuff already,' she said.

Chelsea is currently on maternity leave from her duties as drive-through manager at the Silk Espresso's kiosk. She plans to savor the early days of parenthood, but despite the months of anticipation, motherhood has left her somewhat speechless.

'I spend a lot of time rocking and staring at him,' said Chelsea. 'He's so beautiful, and it's such a miracle. It's hard to describe, but once they cut the (hospital identification) bracelets off, and it was official that we could leave, I couldn't believe we got to take him home with us.'



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