New Castle News

January 3, 2013

County boasts second-generation first baby

Dan Irwin
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Kayden Michael Koziar is only a day old, and he’s already part of a family tradition.

Kayden became Lawrence County’s first baby of 2013 when he was delivered by Caesarean section yesterday morning in Jameson Hospital.

“Like son, like father,” said his mom, Margaret McDonald of New Castle’s East Side. “His (father’s) birthday is Jan. 1, and he was the first baby of 1988 in Allegheny County.”

Butler resident Geran Koziar — Kayden’s dad — obviously doesn’t remember that New Year’s day 25 years ago, but his mother “was in the newspaper back then for me being born first baby,” he said.

“She saved the clipping, I’ve seen it. She had it laminated.”

Koziar added that he and McDonald were hoping for a Jan. 1 arrival so that he and his son would share their birthday.

“But I had to be scheduled for a C-section, so I had to wait for the doctor,” McDonald said.

Even though that procedure was scheduled for Jan. 2, the couple still held out some hope for first-baby status.

“I didn’t think being born on the second he’d be a first baby,” McDonald said. “I knew there was a slim chance, but I figured somebody would have had a baby on the first.”

Nevertheless, when Kayden entered the world at 7:37 a.m. yesterday — checking in at seven pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 21 inches — no other infant had been born in the county since the ball dropped on Times Square over 31 hours earlier.

He was delivered by Dr. Nicole Carson.

Kayden joins two sisters and a brother, ages 10, 7 and 3. He’s actually McDonald’s fifth child, although her first son passed away at just two months of age.

As for his name, “One of my good friends said it (Kayden) to me, and I thought it sounded like a really cute name,” McDonald said. “And Michael is (Koziar’s) middle name.”

The infant is a grandson of Mae McDonald of New Castle and Bryan Koziar of Butler.

(Email: d_irwin@ncnewsonline.com)