By Kim West
Kathy Evans has little difficulty keeping track of her first six grandchildren, but she will never have to consult a calendar to remember her seventh grandchild’s birth date.
Evans’ granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Evans, was born at 12:06 a.m. Dec. 12, 2012, weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 19 1/2 inches long.
“She looks just like Lauren in the pictures we’ve taken,” Kathy said. “We were there when she was born — she was doing great and her mother is doing fine.
“(Lauren) actually went into the hospital Monday night, and her due date was 12-12-12. Dr. Carlota induced her early Tuesday morning, and the labor lasted until after midnight.”
Sarah Elizabeth was delivered by local obstetrician Dr. Oliver Carlota at Athens-Limestone Hospital after a 16-hour delivery.
She is the first child of Jamie and Lauren Evans of Athens. Jamie, 30, said he and Lauren, 26, were “relieved and happy” and undecided about more children, as their blue-eyed newborn daughter slept peacefully in her mother’s arms.
“We don’t know yet — to be continued,” said a half-joking, bleary-eyed Jamie, after sleeping only two of the last 48 hours. “(Sarah Elizabeth) was up with her eyes open all night.”
The family expressed their appreciation for the hospital staff, including registered nurses Beth Alexander and Amber Mitchell and anesthesiologist Dr. Jimmy Dunn, for their care of Sarah Elizabeth and Lauren. Mother and daughter are expected to be discharged today, pending doctor’s approval.
“They were really nice,” Lauren said, who didn’t experience any complications during her pregnancy, other than morning sickness.
Sarah Elizabeth was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Wright, 80, who passed away six years ago, a year after her husband, Elgie Wright, died in 2005.
“She is named after her great-grandmother because she was very special to Jamie,” Kathy said. “He had a very special relationship with my mother.”
“She was a special woman to me and all of our family,” Jamie said.
Paternal grandparents Kathy and Donnie Evans of Athens have three children — Jamie, Amy and Joey — and seven grandchildren: Alexis, 14; Smokie, 12; Sydney, 10; Brea’, 9; Jamee, 6; Bryant, 5; and Sarah Elizabeth.
Maternal grandparents Mike and Val Grubbs of Athens have two children, Lauren and John. Dot Vassar and the late Mahlon Vassar are the maternal great-grandparents.
“She is our first grandchild, and I’ve told Lauren that she is going home with me,” Val Grubbs said with a smile. “When she was born, one look was a memory of a lifetime.”
Sarah Elizabeth was first among four babies born on Dec. 12, 2012, at the hospital as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. The second baby, Macie Guenivere Hunter, was born at 7:57 a.m., followed by a fourth infant, Rebekah Marie Bradley at 12:02 p.m. Further information was unavailable for the third newborn, who was delivered at 8:40 a.m.