Havelock parents proud of first baby of 2013

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Lindsay and Matthew Shortway of Havelock with new baby Levi Matthew Shortway, Craven County’s first baby of 2013, and 2 1/2-year-old daughter Anna.

Bill Hand/Halifax Media
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 04:04 PM.

Cherry Point Marine Matthew Shortway was officially promoted to captain on New Year’s Day. But that was hardly the biggest news of the day in his life.

Shortway became a father of the first baby born in Craven County in 2013 when wife Lindsay delivered Levi Matthew Shortway at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

The father assisted in the birth and was able to deliver the news to his wife that their new child was a boy.

The couple, married for six years and already parents to 2 1/2-year-old daughter Anna Elizabeth Shortway, was hoping for a boy, but decided to let the gender be a surprise, said Lindsay Shortway.

"We didn’t know with either child if it was a boy or girl and were really anxious, hoping first for a healthy child, but also hoping it would be a boy," she said. "There were tears of joy, and he looks like his daddy."

The 7-pound, 9-ounce, 21-inch-long boy born New Year’s will be called Levi, Shortway said.

"We picked Levi because Matthew in the Bible was named Levi first. His dad’s name is Matthew," she said.

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