Wednesday, January 4, 2006

New year's baby greets new world

Express Staff Writer

Kyli Helen Stowe, the dauther of Sarah and Greg Stowell, of Hailey, was born on New Year's Day. Photo by Willy Cook

Slug: 06-01-04 new years baby

The Stowells, a Hailey couple, never expected their first baby to be born on New Year's Day. The baby, a 7-pound, 13-ounce girl named Kyli Helen Stowe, was due Jan. 7. The mother, Sarah Stowell, went to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center because of some early labor signs before Christmas.

"They had her on bed rest," said Greg Stowell, the father. "They said anytime, and then nothing."

But, finally on Jan. 1 at 1:05 p.m., Kyli arrived after 25 hours of labor. Stowell was on his way to work plowing snow when the call came that he should come to the hospital New Year's Eve.

As it turned out, the baby shares a birthday with her great-great-grandfather, Joe Bowers of Richfield.

Kyli's middle name is from a great-great-grandmother on the other side of the family.

"This was as good a hospital experience as could be," said Sarah Stowell, considering the difficult labor she experienced and the six babies her mother delivered. "I called Mom and said, 'I don't know how you did it."

Shadd and Emily Bollar came to see their friends at the hospital Monday. Shadd and Greg Stowell have been friends since they were "knee high," said Shadd, who had been up all night plowing snow for the city of Hailey. Stowell is the first of their group of childhood friends to have a baby.

"It's pretty neat to see them have a child," Emily Bollar said.

Mom and Kyli, who is 21 inches long, were resting easy Monday enjoying the new year's snow from the comfort of the hospital.

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