Chris and Ayumi Eckert planned to ring in the New Year in a traditional way. Instead, they welcomed their new son, Noah; a special delivery mom had wished for. "A week ago she said that it was going to be a New Year's baby and I said no it's too early. She kept saying it's going to come and sure enough, he came on New Year’s," said Chris. Once Ayumi went into labor, they went to Onslow Memorial Hospital, but there was a problem. No doctors to handle a premature delivery were on duty. They had to be transferred to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, but Noah's arrival came with one more glitch. "The ambulance broke down on the way up here and the side of the road, so I had to sit in the car as I was watching them take her out. We were on the side of the road waiting for like thirty minutes for another ambulance to come," Chris said. Noah Eckert arrived at 4 a.m. New Year's Day, a month premature, but healthy at six pounds one ounce. The proud parents said no matter how early or on what holiday, they are blessed to celebrate Noah's birthday. "I was just excited about it, to see him," Ayumi said. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday Noah. Chris Eckert is based at Camp Lejeune with the Marine Corps. He was scheduled to deploy to Iraq this month, but was able to stay home for the birth of his son.
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