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Hempfield family welcomes first baby born in Westmoreland in 2013

| Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 9:57 a.m.
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Karin and Jordan Tomson of Hempfield and their 2-year-old son Blake welcome New Years baby Kaleb Nicholas at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital on January 01, 2013. Kaleb was born at 12:31 a.m. and measured in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 19 inches long. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review

Kaleb Nicholas Tomson made his grand entrance at 12:31 a.m. on New Year's Day, just minutes after his expected due date of Dec. 31.

He's the first to be born in Westmoreland County in 2013.

Mom Karin Tomson and Dad Jordan Tomson, of Hempfield, report their baby is healthy and well.

And big brother Blake Tomson, who will turn 2 later this month, is thrilled.

“He's very excited so far,” Karin Tomson said. “He just wants to hold him.”

In their room at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg on Tuesday, Karin held both boys while Blake held his new brother's hand and kissed him.

Kaleb, infant pink and with a smattering of brown hair, sported a blue-and-white striped outfit and a blue cap.

He weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measures 19 inches.

The family's typical New Year's Eve routine would have been to go out to dinner and spend time at home with their son.

Instead, Karin began feeling contractions Monday morning. She said she thought Kaleb would have been born that day.

“It's going to be fun now to have a special birthday in (our) family,” Karin Tomson said about the Jan. 1 date.

Dr. Beth Maxwell, of Gyno Associates, delivered the baby.

Karin Tomson, 29, works for State Farm. Jordan Tomson, 29, is principal of Greensburg Christian Academy.

In the hours before midnight, seven babies were born at Excela Westmoreland.

Every year, the hospital delivers about 1,800 babies. For the past three years, Excela Health's Family Additions Maternity Center has received the highest possible rating from Health Grades, a leading health care quality organization, according to Excela.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

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