If Easton Zimmerman's parents had had their wishes, the 9-pound baby boy would have arrived earlier than 1:13 a.m. New Years Day.
An earlier arrival would have made him a 2013 tax deduction and would have meant a shorter time in labor for his mom, Heather.
But his birth a little more than an hour after midnight gave Easton a singular distinction: the first baby born in Pierce County in the new year.
His birth at Puyallup's MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital was hours before his nearest informal competitors, a girl born at 4:57 a.m. at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and a girl who arrived at 6:26 a.m. at Tacoma's St. Joseph Medical Center.
Easton Zimmerman's arrival was some 10 days before his due date, Jan. 10, which happens to be his 2-year-old brother's birthday. Medical complications caused his mother's obstetrician to induce labor beginning Monday night.
Early or late, Heather and Stuart Zimmerman say they're delighted with the newest addition to their family.
The couple, who live in Spanaway, are new residents to the Tacoma area having moved recently from North Pole, Alaska where Stuart worked for marine cargo line Totem Ocean Trailer Express. TOTE, as the company is known in the marine industry, connects Tacoma with Alaska through Anchorage with roll-on, roll-off cargo ships.
Stuart Zimmerman took on greater job responsibilities when he moved to Tacoma from Alaska with the marine line.
When mother and son head home Thursday, they'll have a corps of relatives to lend a helping hand including Stuart Zimmerman's parents, grandparents and sister, who already celebrated the holidays with the family but knew they might be drafted to help with the new arrival. Heather Zimmerman's mother joined the group of helpers earlier this week, flying from Alaska for Easton's birth.
In addition to the honor of being the first new Pierce County resident of the year, Easton Zimmerman has some big unspoken paternal expectations to fulfill. His parents borrowed his first name from the athletic and hockey gear maker Easton.
"My husband is a big hockey fan," said Heather Zimmerman.