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First Baby 2007: Alexandria late to arrive, soon to go far

By ESTHER K. SMITH

News staff writer

January 6, 2007

Little Alexandria Grace Crawley was due to arrive on Christmas Day, but she came fashionably late Jan. 2, making her Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s first baby of 2007. Her mom was surprised at the news.

“I didn’t even know I was a contender,” said her mom, Heidi Dutson of Carson, Wash. “It was already Jan. 2!”

New daddy Anthony Crawley was beginning to worry that he would have to head back to school before the baby arrived, since he’s due back at Imperial College London by Jan. 6 for exams. He’s been here on winter break.

“We’re trying to organize it so that I don’t have to go back yet,” he said. Crawley is a second-year physics student at ICL. He hails from northwest of England, but is currently living in London.

“In a couple of months we’ll go to England,” said Dutson, a life-long resident of Carson. “We may eventually move back here but we’re going to live in England for awhile.”

Her 7-year-old son, Mitchell, is excited about having a baby sister. “He wanted to take her home last night,” Dutson said.

Alexandria was born at 4:51 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 ½ inches.

Along with first baby bragging rights, the family will receive goods and services from many local businesses and will have their deductible paid by PHRMH.

Participating businesses included Papa Murphy’s, which donated a family meal deal package; Curves For Women, a free month’s membership to help the new mom get her figure back; Heights Shell, $20 worth of gas; and Rosauers, disposable diapers.

Wal-Mart donated a $50 gift certificate and presented the new parents with a gift basket; Columbia Gorge Limousine, a free ride home from the hospital or one-hour trip of choice; and The Crazy Pepper Cantina, free dinner for two.

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