‘Worth the wait’: New Year’s baby arrives just after midnight

January 1, 2019

DeKALB – De-Sean Sebastian was not about to be denied his birthright as DeKalb County’s New Year’s baby.

His mom, Taylor Damisch, 24, of Kirkland, began going into labor Dec. 26, but doctors twice did what they could to delay the birth and sent her back home – after all, New Year’s Day marked just 35 weeks of pregnancy.

Finally, about 9 p.m. Monday, Taylor and her mother, Jessica Damisch, decided it was time to head back to the hospital. Taylor’s water was broken about 11:30 p.m., and she started pushing about midnight. The ball had barely dropped when De-Sean arrived at 12:16 a.m., checking in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces and 18 1/2 inches.

“You made it,” Taylor said to him Tuesday morning in her hospital bed, as he napped on her chest. “You won.”

She said it was a bugger of a pregnancy for her, but that De-Sean was strong throughout, and despite being about a month premature, he’s doing well.

“He’s really happy and content,” Taylor said. “He’s doing great for only being 35 weeks – especially for a boy, they say. They say boys are more difficult with everything.”

She said he gets his stubbornness from his mom, who gets it from her mom.

“I’m my mom’s mini-me, and I guess he’s my mini-me, too – he’s stubborn,” Taylor said.

We’ll see whether he follows in Taylor’s and Jessica’s footsteps in terms of his career. Taylor, a Hiawatha High School graduate, got her degree online and now works in IT for American Marketing and Publishing in DeKalb. Her mom is a software developer for Northwestern Medicine, and the moment Taylor mentioned her name, Tammy Farrell, a marketing specialist with Northwestern Medicine, couldn’t contain her joy.

“Oh my gosh!” she said. “I love her! How exciting. She must be so excited.”

Taylor communicated to her primary obstetrics doctor, Oluwakemi Edokpayi, and fellow OB doctor Paula Hobson, who filled in, that she wanted to have a natural birth – and she got it.

“Mind over matter is what I always say, and I lived by that last night,” Taylor said. “Everything I’ve been through over the past six days, it was all completely worth the wait.”

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