Hunter Edward Rose, thought to be the first baby born in Pierce County in 2016, was supposed to join the world last year.
But he ignored his Dec. 28 due date and decided to stay in on the 29th as well.
His mother, Amanda Rose, determined on Wednesday, the 30th, to try to move things along.
“We walked four different malls and went bowling,” Amanda’s mother, Debbie Rose, said Friday from the birthing center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. “I think the bowling’s what did it.”
Maybe, or maybe Hunter just decided it was time.
His mother’s labor began during the wee hours of New Year’s Eve and, 22 hours later, at 12:25 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016, Hunter joined the world.
He weighed in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
Hunter is Amanda Rose’s first child.
“He’s the first boy in the family, and he’s going to carry on the family name,” said Debbie Rose, the mother of two daughters and grandmother to two granddaughters.
“About time,” said Edward Rose, who flashed a grin and removed his Seahawks cap before stooping to kiss his grandson on the head.
Hunter spent his first day in the world rocking a Seattle Seahawks beanie and a tiny Russell Wilson jersey, snoozing contentedly as well wishers, including his cousins Grace, 6, and Scarlett, almost 3, trooped through the room he’s sharing with his mother at the birthing center.
Amanda Rose, 29, described her hopes and dreams for her son this way: “That he grows up to be a very smart, intelligent, Christian man who serves the Lord and his family.”
She paused a beat before adding, “And that he’s a Seahawks fan.”
Seems preordained, given his apparel on Day 1.