Hospital’s first baby of 2016 is a boy - January 1, 2016

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By Carrie Napoleon • Post-Tribune

January 1, 2016, 4:01 PM

New Year’s Day was one of firsts for Robyn Johnson of Gary.

The first-time mother welcome her first child on the first day of the new year. Robin Grant Johnson was delivered at 3:52 a.m. Friday at Methodist Hospitals Northlake in Gary.

“I’m a little overwhelmed,” Johnson said. “I’m happy. I’m nervous. It’s different. It’s a great feeling. Everything is new.”

The infant was born a little short of full term and currently is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where he is receiving oxygen and is under observation before he makes the journey home with his mother, Johnson said..

“We are praying everythong comes back OK,” she said.

Johnson came in late on New Year’s Eve. After doctors induced labor, her son arrived about two hours later.

Pamela Johnson, of Gary, Robyn’s mother, was with her at the hospital.

“She is my baby and she is going through a lot,” Pamela Johnson said. Robyn is the youngest of her four daughters and Robin Grant will be her seventh grandchild. Her first great-grandchild was born three months ago, she said.

“We are all excited,” she said.

For now the new mother must scrub in and don a protective gown to be with her newborn. She has not yet been able to hold her new son, who is connected to monitors.

“It’s hard,” she said stroking his head. The baby responded to her touch and opened his eyes Friday afternoon.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen his eyes open,” she said.

The new mother is eager to bring her new son home. She learned the sex of her baby before he was born so she could prepare his nursery.

“Everything is ready for a boy.”

Johnson said she has been really curious to see what her new son would look like ever since.

“Now I just can’t stop looking at him,” she said.

Carrie Napoleon is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.