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Couple’s First Child Also First Longmont Baby of 2019

January 2, 2019
Elizabeth Burdge holds her son, Taylor Jordan, while father Jesse Burdge kisses their firstborn Tuesday at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont. Taylor, born at 9:39 a.m. on New Year's Day, was the first baby born in Longmont in 2019, and the third of the new year in Boulder County.

Elizabeth and Jesse Burdge of Superior thought their son would be a late December baby.

“He had other plans,” Elizabeth Burdge said.

And so, at 9:39 a.m., baby Taylor became the first baby born in 2019 in Longmont at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital. Taylor is named after the Taylor River in Gunnison County near where his parents were married.

“It was exhausting, but incredible,” Elizabeth Burdge said. “I didn’t really know what to expect, and I didn’t know how long it was going to take. I asked if he would be the first baby at the hospital. It was good motivation to get him out.”

The first baby born at neighboring Longmont United Hospital was Sebastian Sangiorgi, born at 2 p.m. to Bridget and Francesco of Longmont.

Sebastian, the couple’s third child, was an induced birth, so his parents knew ahead of time they were having a New Year’s Day baby.

“I was pretty excited,” Bridget Sangiorgi said. “Our doctor mentioned it was a nice care package for the first baby. And I wanted to win.”

And the benefits of a New Year’s Day birth don’t just extend to Sebastian’s parents.

“He’ll always have his birthday off,” Bridget Sangiorgi said.

The first baby born in Boulder County was born at 4:30 a.m. at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, though the baby’s parents declined to release any personal information.

But another baby was close behind, and his New Year’s Day birth caught his father a bit off guard. Ski coach Brandon Dyksterhouse was in Aspen Monday night when he got the call from his wife, Natalie Dyksterhouse.

“My wife gave me a call at midnight and said, ‘This isn’t practice anymore, you need to come home,’ ” he said. “It was pretty nasty out, so I got in the car and started hammering away. At around Idaho Springs, she calls me again and says, ‘You have to get here NOW.’ I did Aspen to Boulder in three hours. I can’t say it was my safest drive ever, but thankfully at that time of night there is nobody on the road.”

Thankfully, Dyksterhouse made it to Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville in time for the birth of their first child, a boy named Dutch, at about 4:40 a.m.

Baby Dutch was actually scheduled to be a late 2018 baby, but for the Dyksterhouses — both of whom used to be competitive skiers — said the early 2019 birthday was preferred.

“I don’t know how much you know about relative age effect in sports,” Brandon Dyksterhouse said, referring to the theory that those born earlier in the year benefit from playing in leagues with younger children, “but when we first met with the doctor and they said he was due on Dec. 28, I said semi-jokingly, ‘That’s not going to work for us.’ She said we didn’t really have a choice.”

But Dutch did in fact decide to make a January entrance, and if he becomes a skier like his parents, hopefully he won’t be too upset when his folks tell him he came in second in his first race.

“I will let him know when he’s old enough to understand,” Brandon Dyksterhouse said with a laugh.

The Denver Post reported the first Colorado baby born in 2019 was Isabelle Sheets, delivered at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs at 12:04 a.m. to Kara Swaney.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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