Cherokee’s New Year’s baby, Ava, born at 9:35 a.m.
by Erin Dentmon
January 02, 2013 11:30 PM | 3409 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Above: Adrienne Cloud and Joe Wilcoxson welcomed Ava Leah Wilcoxson on New Year’s Day.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Above: Adrienne Cloud and Joe Wilcoxson welcomed Ava Leah Wilcoxson on New Year’s Day.
Staff/Todd Hull
CANTON — Ava Leah Wilcoxson couldn’t wait to get here.

Ava is Cherokee County’s 2013 New Year’s baby, born at 9:35 a.m. New Year’s Day at Northside Hospital-Cherokee.

Parents Adrienne Cloud and Joe Wilcoxson originally anticipated Ava arriving on Jan. 7. While her Jan. 1 birthday puts Ava a little bit ahead of schedule, she tried to come into the world even earlier.

Cloud, a 27-year-old Woodstock resident, spent the last 10 weeks of her pregnancy on bed rest after going into pre-term labor.

She checked into the hospital on New Year’s Eve. Doctors planned to induce labor, but there was no need.

“At 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, (Adrienne) woke me up and said, ‘This is starting,’” said Wilcoxson, 25. About four hours later, Ava was born.

“It was a really fast labor,” Cloud said.

Ava, Cloud and Wilcoxson’s first child, was 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 4.9 ounces at birth.

During the pregnancy, friends and family had joked with the new mother and father that their little girl would be born on Christmas or New Year’s.

While Ava didn’t make it in time for Christmas, her parents say they’re “in love” with their new gift.

“I’m excited, of course,” Joe said. Adrienne’s mom, Sandra Cloud, said the proud dad was “glowing” from the time he found out Adrienne was expecting.

As the first baby of 2013, Ava and her family received a cake made from tiered diapers from the hospital and a gift basket from the March of Dimes.
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January 03, 2013
Congrats Joe! you are going to love parenthood and it will always be an easy birthday to remember LOL! When you make it back to Plains let me know I would love to meet Ava and catch up with you!
Shelley Wilcoxson
January 03, 2013
Ava's Mimi Shelley and Her Papa Jim in Dawson IL can't wait to meet her. We are so proud!
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