Ten minutes' difference would have made Joshua James Joseph Stuby the last Blair County baby of 2012.
But Joshua, already several days late, waited the extra few minutes and, at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, made his parents - Lori and Joseph Stuby of Bellwood - the county's first parents of 2013.
"He's like his dad - he's not very punctual," Lori Stuby said, cradling the 6-pound, 13-ounce boy Tuesday afternoon at Altoona Regional.
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
Lori and Joseph Stuby of Bellwood had the first baby of the new year in our area. Joshua James Joseph Stuby was born shortly after midnight at Altoona Regional Hospital.
The couple's third child, Joshua's late arrival was unique: His siblings, aged 9 and 6, each came exactly two weeks early, Lori said.
"I wanted him on 12-12-12," she said, laughing. It would have paralleled the couple's wedding date: Nov. 11, 2011, or 11-11-11.
Tiny and red-faced, bundled in a bluish-purple outfit and a white cap, Joshua slept quietly in his mother's arms until a news camera's flash startled him. He was sound asleep even after two back-to-back interviews with TV news crews.
"Sleep is No. 1 for him," Joseph Stuby said. In his first 14 hours in the world, Joshua showed far more interest in rest than food, the parents said.
"He's already like his dad. His dad never eats," Lori said.
The baby's long, alliterative name also derives partly from his dad: Joshua is his own name, the parents said, while James is his paternal grandfather's. Joseph, his father's name, goes back generations in the family, they said.
"It's like John Jacob Jingleheimer," Joseph said, laughing. "Maybe he'll grow up and be a famous athlete. They'll call him 3-J or something."
But Joshua's father already had a career in mind Tuesday: a ten-year veteran of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve and the descendant of Air Force personnel, Joseph looked at his son as he paced the hospital room.
"Fourth-generation airman," he said.
Set to return home Thursday, Joshua had already recieved visits from his big brother, big sister and aunts, and had yet to meet an uncle and grandfather. His siblings were too excited to wait, the parents said - as was Joshua, who beat the deadline to induce birth by a day.
As the year's first baby, Joshua earned his parents $200 in gift cards, a free photo and a dozen red roses. Other babies born Tuesday - nurses said there would be at least one - would receive smaller gifts.
Every indication is that Lori earned her reward, with a long labor that took her from 2012 to 2013.
"Right after 'Happy new year!'" Joseph said. "And there he is."
Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.