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2014’s first baby

Baby’s late arrival makes her new year’s first born in Powell

Kellyn Richardson expected her baby girl to be a Christmas present, not the first baby born at Powell Valley Healthcare in 2014.

But little Linley Belle Richardson wasn’t ready to meet the world before her Dec. 20 due date, or the week after that, or the week after that, either.

So, on Thursday, Kellyn, 19, went into Powell Valley Healthcare, where Dr. Jenkins Clarkson induced labor. Though it progressed well for a while, the baby didn’t cooperate and Dr. Clarkson had to deliver her by cesarean section instead.

“I tried to do it naturally, but that didn’t happen,” Kellyn said.

Linley Belle made her debut at 6:06 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 19.75 inches. She is the first baby born in Powell in 2014.

Linley’s grandparents are Erin and Dave Johnson and Brandon Richardson and Paige Hood.

Kellyn is a graduate of Powell High School and a student at Northwest College. No father was listed on the birth announcement.

Linley is the fifth generation of women and girls in Park County, all living within one-half mile of each other in the Heart Mountain area.

“My grandmother is Gloria Wagner Bell,” said grandma Erin Johnson. Her daughter is Debbie Borcher, my mom; then there’s me, Kellyn and Linley.”

On Friday, little Linley voiced her objections to delaying her feeding to get her picture taken for the honor of being the first baby of the year, but her mother gently cuddled and spoke to her, and Linley calmed down. She is eating and sleeping well, according to her grandmother.

On Monday, Johnson said she had learned that the first baby born in Cody is the infant daughter of good friends Tim and Susan Duyck, who live just a half-mile away.

“Two Heart Mountain babies were first babies of the year in Park County,” she said.

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