Watertown welcomes first baby of 2024

Jan. 1—WATERTOWN — A baby girl named Aurora made her way into the world at 7:56 a.m. Monday morning at Samaritan Medical Center. The little one with a soft, round face and tiny red mouth just slightly open, slept peacefully in her mother's arms on New Year's Day, knowing that she was going to be a winner.

She had already taken first place in something — being the first baby born in Watertown in 2024. Her parents Carissa and Vin Cafer said that the timing came as a surprise to them.

Carissa, with the instinct only a mother has, had a feeling that something was going to happen soon, even though Aurora wasn't expected until Jan. 9.

"I had a weird feeling yesterday, like for some reason, I was like, 'watch it's going to happen today,'" she said.

"It's funny, I kept saying I wanted her to be born on New Year's Eve so her birthday would be one two three, one two three," she added.

Although she wasn't born on New Year's Eve, that is when the event began.

"I was just watching the Packer's game, and all of a sudden my water broke. So, here we are," she said.

The couple lives right down the road from the hospital, and they arrived there quickly, at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, after her water broke. The baby was born at 7:56 the next morning, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches from head to toe.

The two spent most of the day after that sleeping, and the family is doing well.

Carissa and Vin were both so excited to meet their daughter that it brought them to tears when they met.

"I'm just happy she is here, finally," Carissa said.