Story and photos by Devin Fisher
Pfc. Michael Carlson and his wife, Danielle, were hoping to qualify for a last-minute tax break, but their son, Peyton Jackson, had other plans.
Born at 1:28 a.m. Jan. 1, Peyton was the first birth of 2010 at Evans Army Community Hospital, but missed claiming the title of the first baby in Colorado Springs by more than an hour. Peyton weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.
The Carlsons said they were wishful of a tax deduction as the Dec. 28 due date approached, but then started pondering the idea of having the first baby of the new year after arriving at the hospital around 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31.
“We were kind of hoping to have the first baby of the year, but it really didn’t matter … he’s healthy that’s all that really matters,” said Michael, who is with the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
“We’re glad he’s healthy … glad everything went fine,” Danielle said.
“(Qualifying for the tax break) didn’t matter all that much, it was mostly just a joke, you know ‘try to get him in before the new year,'” she said.
The couple did not see the New Year’s Eve crystal ball drop this year.
“We were a bit preoccupied,” Danielle said.
Michael noted the room didn’t have a TV and the couple “just happened to look at the clock (when) it was midnight.”
The couple said they look forward to future New Year’s Eves when they will look back on Peyton’s arrival.
“Every time we’re watching TV on New Year’s Eve and watching the ball drop, we’ll think of him and when we were in the hospital,” Michael said.
The couple is grateful for “the visitors” who dropped off gifts for the hospital’s first baby of the year.
“We have no idea who they are, but we love them all the same,” Michael said.
He said the couple looks forward to spending time together at home and visiting family in Greensburg, Ind., prior to Michael deploying with his unit to Iraq in early spring.
“(It’s) really great for both of us … that I would get to be here and get to spend the first … couple of months of (Peyton’s) life (with him) until I had to leave,” Michael said.
The Carlsons have two other children: Lillianna, 8, and Camden, 3.
Evans Army Community Hospital delivered 1,656 babies in 2009.