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Reedsburg couple welcomes Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s first baby of 2019

January 5, 2019 GMT

Beau James Gavin surprised his parents with an early birthday and has the title of Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s first baby of 2019 to show for it.

Reedsburg residents Jim and Jenni Gavin weren’t expecting their son until around Jan. 19, “so we were a little surprised,” Jim Gavin said.

“We were not prepared,” Jenni Gavin said of her son’s birth. “We still have stuff coming in from Amazon for him.”

In fact, because he was measuring a bit small, the Gavins were due in Jan. 3 for an ultrasound to make sure everything was OK. Weighing in at 6 lbs., 8 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches on Jan. 1, everything went great, albeit fast, the Gavins said.


New Year’s Day started out like any other: Jenni, who works for Compeer Financial in Baraboo had the holiday off. Jim, who runs Gavin Brothers Auctioneers and Real Estate headed out early to plow snow.

“I got a call from Jenni around 11 a.m. and she told me she was having cramps,” Jim Gavin said. “I asked if I should come home, but Jenni said it wasn’t a big deal. So I told her I’d plow one more place and come home.”

Once he got home, Jenni was still cramping. After a while, the couple decided to go to the hospital, and just in case, brought a few things along with them.

It was the right decision.

The couple was so calm and relaxed when they got to the hospital, even the staff was surprised at what they found: Jenni was fully dilated.

“The nurses thought there was no way I was in labor,” Jenni Gavin said. “I thought they were for sure going to send us home.”

Instead, they started taking action. The Gavins were quickly ushered into a birthing suite and Jenni’s obstetrician, Dr. Schadd, was called in.

“He had been out pheasant hunting, so it was funny to see him come in in all his hunting gear,” Jim Gavin said. The Gavins checked into the hospital at 2:30 p.m. By 4:44 p.m., Beau was ushered into the world.

Two days later and the reality still hasn’t quite sunk in for the couple yet.

“We didn’t really have time to think once we got here,” Jenni said. “It was all such a whirlwind. We didn’t have time to think.”

Because Beau is the Gavin’s first child, they aren’t quite sure what to make of everything just yet.

“He seems like a pretty calm baby,” Jim Gavin said.

“It is crazy to see how much he’s changed already though,” Jenni Gavin said. “He even has more hair.”

The couple is set to be released today. The Gavins — who live on a farm between Baraboo and Reedsburg — said they’re excited to bring Beau home to meet all the animals; especially their dog, Sully.

“Everything has been great and we are so thankful for the staff,” Jim Gavin said. “We are so excited for this experience.”