The Ottumwa Courier

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January 3, 2011

New Year’s baby arrives

OTTUMWA — Colin Parker Goldizen missed ringing in the new year by just a couple hours, but his parents didn’t mind at all.

And Colin’s arrival at 2:57 a.m. on New Year’s Day threw the Courier a bit of a curveball. It’s rare that the reporter on call over the holiday knows the family celebrating the first baby of the year. But Colin’s mom, Tracy Goldizen, works in the newsroom at the copy desk.

Tracy knew the baby, her first, would arrive sometime near the beginning of 2011. It was a subject the copy editors occasionally talked about.

“Me and Matt [Brindley] and Zoe [Martin] have been joking about it. We never thought that it would really happen,” Tracy said.

It was quiet for the most part on Ottumwa Regional Health Center’s maternity wing on Sunday. The Goldizen’s room was filled with friends and family, though, and no one was really paying much attention to the football game on the television.

Colin was the center of attention and seemed perfectly happy to keep it that way. When visitors left and he went back to his bassinet he was quiet for a few minutes. Long enough to make him seem quite content.

“You should have been here about an hour ago,” Tracy warned. And, on cue, Colin decided he was tired of having people talk about him without someone holding him. The accidental discovery of his right fist calmed him briefly, but proved a poor substitute for actual attention. He started crying again.

New dad Jason Goldizen walked over and gently picked Colin up. This isn’t his first time with a newborn. Logan, Colin’s brother, wasn’t in the room at the time, but both Tracy and Jason said he’s excited.

“He’s being the big brother,” Jason said with obvious pride.

The guests filtered back out of the room and, with Colin calmed for the moment, the hospital’s maternity ward went back to the quiet of a still Sunday afternoon.

New Year’s baby gifts

The Goldizen family not only claims the title of Ottumwa New Year’s Baby 2011, they also receive special gifts, including:

• Car seat

• Stroller

• Massage for mom

• City Chamber dollars

• Savings bond

• Hy-Vee gift cards

• Photography gift certificate

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