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Happy holiday for first baby of the New Year

  • Samantha Soper-Caetano, Jason Caetano and their son, Jason Caetano, 7, of New Ipswich, welcome the new addition to their family, Chase, the first baby of the New Year born at Monadnock Community Hospital. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Samantha Soper-Caetano, Jason Caetano and their son, Jason Caetano, 7, of New Ipswich, welcome the new addition to their family, Chase, the first baby of the New Year born at Monadnock Community Hospital. Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 04, 2018

Samantha Soper-Caetano and her husband Jason Caetano were caught off guard with the early birth of their first son, Caden. When he came early, on Christmas Eve, they didn’t have a present for their newborn ready for the next morning.

When they learned their second child was also due on Dec. 24, they took no chances. He had a Christmas stocking, present, and even an outfit picked out for him.

But baby Chase Alexander was a week late, and destined for a different holiday birthday – New Year’s Day.

“I apparently can’t just give birth on a regular day,” joked Soper-Caetano of New Ipswich, holding her swaddled newborn in her room in the Birthing Suite of Monadnock Community Hospital.

Chase was born at 6:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, making him the first baby born at Monadnock Community Hospital in 2018, and the second born in the state. He was born at 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and 19 and a half inches long.

Caetano is a web developer, and Soper-Caetano is a full-time mother and runs a blog called Stir the Wonder on early childhood education and home-schooling, which she does with her son Caden.

“It’ll be interesting, but we’ll figure it out,” said Soper-Caetano, about juggling her life as a teacher to her older son and a new mom once again.

The couple was preparing to leave the hospital and go home yesterday (Wednesday).

“The hospital was phenomenal,” said Caetano. “The staff was amazing.”

Soper-Caetano was able to soak in a warm bath during her labor, which she said helped with her pain an allowed her to give birth with only a dose of nitrous oxide. It was a much more calming experience than her birth and labor with Chase’s brother, Caden, which took place in a more urban hospital in Rhode Island, where the couple lived before moving to New Ipswich three years ago.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.