Baby Casey the first birth of the new year

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Proud parents Chad and Contrara Harlan welcomed Casey Harlan into the world early Tuesday morning at Davis Medical Center. Casey was the first baby born at the facility in 2019.

ELKINS — The new year brought a new bundle of joy for one area couple.

Contrara and Chad Harlan welcomed their daughter Casey to the world at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday morning at Davis Medical Center — the hospital’s first birth of 2019.

Casey is the first child of the couple and weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

“We are very excited,” the couple said.

“She was in labor for 33-and-a-half hours — a long time,” Chad Harlan added. “We were happy when she came out.”

Contrara Harlan noted Casey’s arrival was later than expected, which caused some anxiety for the expectant parents.

“She was a few days late, so we were glad that she finally came,” she said.

The happy parents said they have plans for additional children in the future.

“We are definitely going to have more,” Contrara said.

“Hopefully a boy next time,” Chad added with a laugh. “I’m extremely happy — very, very happy. I wanted to have a boy but I am just happy to have a healthy little girl.”

Contrara said Casey shares a lot of features with her father.

“She looks exactly like his baby picture,” she said.

The couple added that having a little one is something they have been planning since the beginning of 2018.

“We’ve been married for about three-and-a-half years, and been together for about seven years,” they said. “We decided at the beginning of the year we wanted to have a baby and it actually didn’t take very long to find out we were having one, so that was good.”

Contrara and Chad are originally from Coalton but now reside in Lost Creek. They said the decision to have Casey at Davis Medical Center was due to them both being born there also.

“We were both born here at Elkins, at the same hospital,” they said. “Plus, all of our family is here so it was easier to have her here so everyone could visit.”

Chad also noted that he was pleased to have Casey be the first baby of the new year, as one of his former coaches, Davis Medical Center employee Chad Ware, and his wife Debbie had the first baby of the new year in 2018.

“It’s really cool, they came in here and gave us a basket from the First United Methodist Church here in Elkins and they made some handmade quilts, knitted hats and stuff like that,” he said. “It’s really awesome.”

“We were hoping — just kind of joking — that maybe she would be the first baby of the new year and then she actually was, so it was pretty sweet,” Contrara said.