First baby born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 2020 skips Christmas due date for New Year’s birth

photo by: Elvyn Jones

Christin Bowman, right, holds the infant daughter of her and Sarah Bowman, left, on Jan. 1, 2020, about 14 hours after Brynne Paige Bowman was the first baby born in 2020 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The newborn will join brother Zephyr, at left in Sarah's lap, in the couple's Lawrence household.

The first baby born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the new year arrived at the wrong holiday.

“She was due on Christmas, actually,” said Christin Bowman, who delivered Brynne Paige Bowman at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday. “She’s a little late. We joked she’d show up on New Year’s. I think it’s better. She will have more fun in the future having her birthday on New Year’s.”

Parents Christin and Sarah Bowman said the birth of their second child went smoothly with Brynne coming into the world weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces just three hours after the couple arrived on New Year’s Eve at LMH.

Their newborn daughter was named for both of them, Christin said: Brynne is her middle name, and Paige is Sarah’s middle name.

Brynne will join 2-year-old brother Zephyr Bowman in the household. Sarah said Zephyr was “in the loop” and knew that he would have a sister.

The Bowmans said they had been planning for a second child for about a year.

“We always knew we wanted another child,” Christin said.

“Now, we can be one-on-one,” Sarah added.

The parents agreed, though, that two children are enough for the Bowman home.

The Bowmans moved to Lawrence from New York City a year and half ago to be near Christin’s family and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle, she said. Both parents work at the University of Kansas, where Christin is a psychology lecturer and Sarah is the assistant director of the KU Student Involvement and Leadership Center.


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