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New year's first baby fooled PMHH staff-along with mom

Chad and Alissa Bormann, with baby Jayden Lee, born Jan. 8, at 9 pounds, three ounces, and 22.5 inches long. Pictured with the family is nurse Connie Richter. Delivering the baby was Dr. Timothy Studer. At left, some of the gift items that are presented by Perham Memorial Hospital and Home to the family of the first baby born in the new year.1 / 2
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Baby Jayden Lee Bormann fooled his mom and many of the crew at Perham Memorial Hospital and Home when he was born January 8, at 4:23 a.m. -the facility's firstborn for 2009.

Hospital staff, predicting when the first baby of the new year would arrive, were certain it would be closer to January 1. There were at least six expecting mothers who could have delivered just about any time, according to administrative assistant Eileen Lehman.

Jayden's mom Alissa Bormann, meanwhile, was absolutely convinced that the baby would be a girl. This was despite the fact that virtually her entire family--several of them much older and wiser than her--were convinced that it would be a boy.

They were right. Mom was wrong.

"Oh well," said Alissa Borman, with a shrug and a smile as she was preparing to be released from the hospital Jan. 9. "I always wanted to have two boys anyway."

Jayden will become another fishing and hunting partner, with two-and-a-half-year-old Taiton, for this family of outdoors enthusiasts.

The first baby of the new year has the distinction of being born on his grandmother's birthday. Brenda Bormann was also born Jan. 8. She and her husband Mike are Perham residents, and their son Chad is a Perham High School graduate and is employed at BHH Partners.

Mom Alissa, a Pembina, North Dakota, native is a special education teacher in the New York Mills School District.

Maternal grandparents Allan and Jamie Meagher, Pembina, were visiting Jan. 9, and helped Alissa move back home after being discharged from the hospital.

Chad and Alissa were married in 2004.

The PMHH "first baby" program has been going on for about a decade. Area businesses contribute a wide range of prizes and merchandise, which is presented to the family of the first born for the new year.

Contributors to the program this year were: Heart of the Lakes Credit Union, East Ottertail Pharmacy, Zorbaz Little Pine Lake, Main Street Express, Pines Gift and Collectables, Karvonen's Brand Source, Gail M. Langer, Car Care Paradise, Red Barn Green House, Overland Insurance Agency, Royale Resources, Inc., Ace Hardware, East Otter Tail Professional Child Care Association, Nadine's Ladies Fashions, KLN Enterprises, Perham Memorial Hospital, Joe & Delores Wasche (Comet Theatre), Perham Printing Co., Winkels Carpet Center, Perham Eye Clinic, Jean's The Right Plant Place, Long Weekend Garments, Harvest Glen Nursing Home, Prairie Knoll Nursing Home, Bev's Book Nook, and Kathy Hemmelgran.