2018 First Baby 2

Cayden Lee, born to Shunlan Yuan and Changkook Lee, left, of Auburn, is the first baby born in Cayuga County in 2018.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

AUBURN — Two first-time parents welcomed their son and Cayuga County's first baby of the new year Monday evening at Auburn Community Hospital. 

Cayden Lee, weighing 9 pounds, .5 ounces and measuring 22 inches long, was born at 6:53 p.m. on New Year's Day to mother Shunlan Yuan and father Changkook Lee of Auburn. 

Lee said he and his wife were not expecting to have a New Year's baby because Cayden's due date was supposed to be Dec. 21. Although Cayden was nearly two weeks late, Lee said the labor and delivery went fine. 

"(We're) really happy," Lee said with a big smile when asked how he felt having the first baby of the new year. 

The couple has been married for three years, Lee said Tuesday afternoon in the maternity ward of Auburn Community Hospital. Yuan, 28, is from China and Lee, 33, is from Korea. Lee said they both came to the United States about seven years ago.  

Lee said the couple decided on the name Cayden after reading lists of most popular baby names. He said Yuan really liked the name.  

With the help of a translator app on his phone, Lee said the couple is "extremely excited" to welcome their first child, calling his son "lovable," "adorable" and "endearing."  

Yuan said she was "happy" to be a mom for the first time and was feeling well less than 24 hours after giving birth. Though she spoke little English, her eyes lit up and she laughed as she held her newborn son in her arms. 

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie. 

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