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Wednesday, January 02, 2013 8:21 PM

Photo By Matt Bristow/The Ottawa Herald

Mallory Harkins and Justin Vogeler, Ottawa, hold their newborn son, Justin Kenneth James Vogeler, Wednesday at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa. Justin Kenneth James Vogeler was born Tuesday evening — the first baby of 2013 in Franklin County.

It's a boy!

By CHRIS DUDERSTADT, Herald Staff Writers

A young Ottawa couple had more than the dawn of 2013 to celebrate Tuesday, welcoming the first baby of the New Year to their family.

Justin Kenneth James Vogeler was born at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 20 inches long. He now is the youngest of three children in the family of Mallory Harkins, 23, and Justin Vogeler, 27.

Though Justin wasn’t scheduled to be born on New Year’s Day, Harkins said she was hoping he would be the first baby born in 2013 at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

“He wasn’t due until the 17th of January, but I had a feeling it would happen,” she said. “It’s pretty neat.”

Justin’s birth marked the third boy for his parents, joining Joshua Tyler Harkins, 6, and Scotty Wayne Vogeler, 17 months. Harkins and Vogeler both said it would have been nice to have a girl, but agreed they were pleased to welcome another boy to the family.

“I was going to be happy either way,” Vogeler said. “I kind of actually would have appreciated a girl a lot, but I’m also happy with a boy. I was really happy either way.”

Justin’s mother indicated his siblings were looking forward to seeing him.

“They haven’t met him yet, but they are very excited,” Harkins said.

Even though going through labor was nothing new to Harkins, Justin’s birth was different for her, she said, because his brothers were born three to four weeks earlier than scheduled, rather than two weeks early for Justin.

“He was actually my first one that wasn’t premature, so it was a lot harder to push him out because he was bigger,” Harkins said. “So we had some difficulties with that. Other than that, he’s healthy and everything.”

Although Justin’s delivery was more challenging, Harkins credited the RMH Family Birth Place, which was completed in 2010, for helping things go smoothly.

“It is very nice,” Harkins said. “There are a lot of improvements (from the old maternity ward). It is very comfortable.”

Harkins said she will continue as a stay-at-home mother, with Vogeler supporting the family working as a roofer and in the commercial maintenance industry.

While the couple planned to take time to celebrate the birth of their third child, Harkins said she could not rule out the possibility of adding another member to the family — just not anytime soon.

Vogeler said he realized having another child in the family would increase his responsibilities, but said he is excited to have Justin and is looking forward to bonding and having fun with all of his boys.

“We’re working on the basketball team,” Vogeler said.

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