ELYRIA — The first baby born in Lorain County in 2014 came early.
Lukas Olecki, born at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday, wasn’t expected until Jan. 14. “He wanted to make an appearance on New Year’s,” said his mother, Courtney Olecki, 22, of LaGrange.
“He was the ball that dropped,” said Olecki’s mother, Sherri Tollett.
Olecki and her husband Jonathan, said they were at the Olive Garden in Elyria around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when she experienced contractions. Because the baby wasn’t due, Olecki said she thought the contractions were false labor. The Oleckis went home and then to a New Year’s Eve party at Courtney Olecki’s uncle’s home in LaGrange. When the Oleckis realized the contractions were real, they drove through the snow to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Olecki said each time she got a contraction on the way to the hospital, Jonathan Olecki wanted to hit the gas, but Olecki reminded him to drive slow due to the slippery roads. “Luckily, there was no on the road before the ball dropped,” Jonathan Olecki said.
When the couple arrived, they watched on a hospital television as the New Year’s Eve ball dropped at Times Square in New York City. Courtney Olecki began pushing at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to registered nurse Nikki Beal, who said the birth was routine. No other babies had been born at UH Elyria or Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The baby was the first for the Oleckis, who married in 2012. Jonathan Olecki, 24, works for Crane Lear Romec, an aerospace company with a location in Elyria.
Beal gave the Oleckis a $400 gift basket that included donations from hospital staff and local businesses. The basket included gift certificates to local stores, diapers, lotions and toys. Beal, hired in 2003, said the staff looks forward to the first baby born at the hospital. Cafeteria staff served the Oleckis a special meal Wednesday night.
Courtney Olecki said she was relieved that Lukas — 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 18 inches long — was born healthy. He slept in her arms in her hospital bed Wednesday afternoon. Olecki said the timing of Lukas’ birth will give her an interesting story to tell him as he grows up.
“Nothing cool ever happens to me. This is, by far, the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Olecki said. “He is a perfect little baby.”