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A new 'Born' enters the world as Federal Way's Colleen Born gives birth to the city's first baby of 2001
"Colleen and Hans Born's friends and relatives can never claim to forget their anniversary date or their son's birthday.The Borns, who met at Seattle Packaging, where Colleen works in art design and Hans works in shipping, were married last April Fools' Day in Las Vegas. An Elvis impersonator performed the ceremony and serenaded them with Viva Las Vegas and Love Me Tender.Now they have another easy-to-remember date - the birth of their first child, a boy, on New Year's Day. Their son, whom they named Von, was born at 3:41 p.m. on Monday, becoming St. Francis Hospital's first baby of 2001.That just totally blew us, Colleen said. We thought for sure someone would beat us.But the Federal Way couple's baby boy earned the distinction and his parents received a wicker basket from the hospital filled with gifts, including a teddy bear, a diaper bag, a baby book and animal crackers. Franciscan Health System spokesman Daven Rosener says it's intended to be a starter kit for the year, a special treat for the first baby of the year. It's kind of exciting, said Rosener, a relatively new parent himself, especially from a parent's club (perspective). The staff really enjoys being part of bringing that life into the world.Colleen's original due date was Dec. 28 but her doctor determined nothing was shaking at a checkup last week so the doctor decided to induce her labor on Jan. 1. Colleen, who had hoped her baby would have a neat birth date, was thrilled.On New Year's Eve, Colleen went to bed at 9 p.m., knowing the following day would be a full one. At midnight, Hans, who was watching the Space Needle fireworks on television, woke her with a kiss and a Happy New Year. Before falling asleep again, Colleen could feel their unborn child moving inside her uterus as if also celebrating the new year.On New Year's Day, Colleen was induced about 11 a.m. During labor, Hans, 24, helped Colleen, 38, with her breathing and watched the monitor. When their 7-pound, 3-ounce baby boy arrived, Hans cut the umbilical cord. Colleen says their son looks like Hans, with large feet and brown, curly hair. But he's also got mom's thin lips and small nose.He's cute as a bug, Colleen said.He's a little gift, that's for sure, Hans said.The Borns named their son Von, a German name, in honor of Hans' German heritage.Hans, who was a wide receiver for his high school football team, hopes his son grows up to play football in school. Colleen wants him to be a good person and happy in whatever career he chooses.Colleen says she's excited to contemplate all that's ahead as she and Hans adjust to being parents.Just showing him everything is the most exciting thing, she said. We got a little part of us that's going to live on. "