Sandra K Reabuck
A healthy baby boy – who came three days ahead of his due date Friday – became the region’s first newborn of the new year on Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center.
The excited, 22-year-old mother, Hayley Buchko of East Taylor Township, cooed, “He’s so cute” just hours after his birth at 5:20 a.m. New Year’s Day.
Little Kaze Williams weighed
7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth. Buchko’s fiance and the baby’s father, Wesley Williams, was giving moral support from his home in South Carolina, Buchko said.
Buchko went to the hospital around 5:30 p.m. Monday when her water started leaking after a pregnancy that she said had gone well “with not any morning sickness.” The labor and birth were not too difficult, she indicated.
Her mother, Becky Buchko, was with her during her labor and when the baby boy was born.
The new mother said that she chose the name Kaze because it’s a Japanese word for air – Williams’ birth element. Although the couple has no ties or heritage with the Japanese, she said that she likes Japanese philosophy. “It’s beautiful to me and different,” she said.
Buchko said that she met Williams while living in Charleston, S.C. She had moved there after completing her high school education through home schooling.
She grew up in Johnstown’s West End and attended schools in Johns-
town, Bishop McCort and Conemaugh Valley. She decided to move to Charleston because “I wanted to go someplace warm. I wanted to explore. I loved the beach and the warmth.”
Buchko, who had been living with friends in the South, decided to return to Johnstown for her family’s support during the birth and in raising her young son.
As for a future with the baby’s father, she only said that he’s “working to get everything together to move to Johnstown.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, no babies had been born and no pregnant women were in labor at either Windber Medical Center or Somerset Area Hospital. Neither Miners Hospital in Northern Cambria nor Meyersdale Community Hospital has a maternity ward.
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