A gift for the new year

  • David Santiago and Samantha Clemons look at their new son, Jayvion Joseph Santiago, who was the first baby to be born in Greenfield in 2014. (Recorder/Chris Shores)

    David Santiago and Samantha Clemons look at their new son, Jayvion Joseph Santiago, who was the first baby to be born in Greenfield in 2014. (Recorder/Chris Shores)

  • David Santiago and Samantha Clemons look at their new son, Jayvion Joseph Santiago, who was the first baby to be born in Greenfield in 2014. (Recorder/Chris Shores)

    David Santiago and Samantha Clemons look at their new son, Jayvion Joseph Santiago, who was the first baby to be born in Greenfield in 2014. (Recorder/Chris Shores)

  • David Santiago and Samantha Clemons look at their new son, Jayvion Joseph Santiago, who was the first baby to be born in Greenfield in 2014. (Recorder/Chris Shores)
  • David Santiago and Samantha Clemons look at their new son, Jayvion Joseph Santiago, who was the first baby to be born in Greenfield in 2014. (Recorder/Chris Shores)

GREENFIELD — It was just around midnight, as people across the region celebrated the dawn of 2014, when Jayvion Joseph Santiago decided it was time to enter the world.

He was born at 12:26 a.m. at Baystate Franklin Medical Center — the first baby of the year in Franklin County and at any Baystate Health hospital.

Samantha Clemons, a 19-year-old Greenfield resident, said that the delivery of her first son went smoothly — with contractions for nine hours and then under a half-hour of pushing. He weighs 7 pounds, 6 ounces and is 19 1/2 inches long.

“(It was) the best New Year’s Eve I ever had in my life,” said father David Santiago, 19, of Greenfield, who said he cried along with his newborn son in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The baby was due on Dec. 28 and his parents thought he might come early, on or around Christmas.

But by waiting around until the start of the new year, young Jayvion joins what is becoming a bit of a family tradition. On Jan. 2, 2006, Clemons’ mother gave birth to a daughter, Cassie Call, who was the first Franklin County baby born that year.

The new parents, who both attended Greenfield High School, plan to stay local and raise their child in Franklin County. They have big hopes for their son and the life he has ahead.

“I would like to see him grow up and be a man and go to college,” said Santiago. “I hope he really succeeds in life. ... Whatever he wants to do in his life he can do.”

You can reach Chris Shores at: cshores@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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