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Peyton Lucreasy Outlaw, one of the first babies born in the new year at Vidant Medical Center, was born at 3:41 am. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Brian Wudkwych
The Daily Reflector

Monday, January 1, 2018

Victoria Outlaw has an obvious New Year’s resolution — be the best mother she can be. 

Alongside her husband Brian, she welcomed the couple’s first child at 3:41 a.m. Monday. At seven pounds and three ounces, Peyton Lucreasy Outlaw was one of the first babies born in the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. 

Wearing a pink onesie with a white hat, Peyton slept peacefully in her mother’s arms Monday morning. Brian’s family was there as well, all outfitted in pink shirts and dresses, commemorating the occasion while celebrating the gender. 

“It was better than I expected,” Victoria said. “You hear horror stories but I would do it all over again.”

For the Outlaws, the process was a little bit tricky. They reside in Ahoskie and the hour-long drive to Greenville meant they had to carefully track the time between Victoria’s contractions. At 10 seconds, they went to Brian’s sibling’s apartment near ECU to be closer to the hospital. The side of the road is no place to have a baby, they said.

After a false alarm Sunday afternoon, they finally got the nod from the hospital staff that it was time. That was at 8 p.m. and more than three-and-a-half hours later, the baby was born. By 11 a.m. Monday, the couple had yet to sleep. 

The whole experience, Victoria said, was profound and mostly indescribable.

They tried for six months, faced some challenges and endured a lot of physical pain. When Peyton was handed to new mother, it all melted away. They were both healthy and doing well, after all.

“It’s just a feeling that you have to care for someone now, some is relying on me,” she said with Peyton in her hands. “It’s a little part of both of us, so to hold her ... I cried.”

She got her middle name from her great-great grandmother Lucreasy. The name Peyton, however, was picked out by Brian. Victoria gave him some choices and he got the final say. 

“She gave me some choices and that was the best,” he said. “She narrowed it down for me.”

Peyton is one of more than 3,600 babies born at Vidant each year. The first of 2018 was born at 1:52 a.m., just a few hours before the latest addition to the Outlaw family. 

Midwife Sarah Sears said that she delivers anywhere from one to four babies during an average 24-hour shift. Peyton was the second of New Year’s Day and by Monday afternoon, another was expected. 

“Oh yeah, I had a busy night,” she said with a smile. 

Sears was in constant contact with the Outlaws. From timing contractions, to advice on how to handle everyday tasks, the process is unique from patient to patient. 

“They did fantastic,” Sears said. “She did everything that we talked about on the phone. She stayed checked in with me and she was excellent during the delivery process.”

Peyton’s due date was Dec. 30 and Brian was hoping she would be born then so the family could get the tax write off. With a new house and a new baby, anything helps.

Still, the 25-year-old first time father would not change a thing. 

“It’s a good way to start off the year,” he said. 

Contact Brian Wudkwych at bwudkwych@reflector.com or 252-329-9567 and follow @brianwudkwych on Twitter.