First of four

Four babies born on New Year's Day in Sevier County
Jan. 04, 2013 @ 12:23 AM

Some ways of beginning a new year are better than others. James and Kristin Ogle know all about that.

The couple gave birth to their fourth child, Akiyra Leanna Ogle, on New Year's Day 2013.

"It’s a great way to start off the new year, really," Kristin said.

Akiyra was born at 5:58 a.m. on Jan. 1 at LeConte Medical Center. She was the first of four babies — three girls and one boy — born on New Year's at the local hospital.

The healthy, 9-pound, 14-ounce, 20-inch-long girl arrived early.

"She was due Jan. 23, about three weeks early," Kristin said.

The mother explained that she was playing Uno with her husband and three girls — Alexis, 7, Akeyla, 5, and Aliyah, 2 — when she knew it was time.

“My contractions were like two minutes apart,” Kristin said. “We were all at home playing Uno, and it got pretty bad.”

“I didn’t know what to think. I was just ready to go,” added James, who works as a lead cook at Dixie Stampede.

Kristin was actually scheduled to be induced next Sunday, "so we were really prepared for another week away at least," she said.

Throughout the hectic process of getting to the hospital, the couple was at least somewhat aware of the date.

"I didn’t know if she’d be born on the first but we were excited," Kristin said. "We were saying, 'Maybe she’ll be born on New Year’s.'"

Kristin said Akiyra's features are "the perfect mix" of the parents. She has her father's nose and ears, but her penchant for being early is a quality absent in the family, according to Kristin.

"With three other daughters, we’re usually the late ones," Kristin said. "I always say to give me about five minutes of spare time for each child, so about 15 minutes total."

Now she'll have to plan 20 minutes ahead of schedule, and James will have to get used to another girl in the family.

“It’s rough being outnumbered sometimes, but it’s worth it,” James said.

rhargett@themountainpress.com