So much love already for New Year’s baby

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Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant were full of joy in sharing their newborn, Cayden Allen, this year’s New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Cayden never made a sound or opened his eyes during his first official interview last week.

By Correne Martin


“Most people aren’t as blessed to come into the world with what he has,” the dad of the 2019 New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien remarked quietly, looking at the tiny face of his two-day-old son, Cayden Allen. 

Cayden was born to Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant, of Prairie du Chien, just 23 minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health. He is the couple’s first child together, but joins Conant’s older son, age 6, in their loving family. His middle name was chosen in memory of Cayden’s late grandfather, who passed away last May. 

Healthy, little Cayden didn’t make a sound or open his eyes during his very first interview last week, but mom and dad had plenty of joyful details to share about their newborn. He was born weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 20.8 inches long. Nurse practitioner and midwife Terri Payne, of Crossing Rivers, and Dr. Carrie Kramer, Gundersen Health surgeon, delivered the baby via emergency c-section at the hospital exactly on his due date. The couple had been in the obstetrics suite since around 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, just beating an impending snowfall. 

Cayden also arrived on his parents’ first anniversary, Jordan shared. 

“He got me flowers, and I got him a baby,” she giggled, adding that the feeling of holding her new baby boy is “incredible.”

“We’re relieved, after nine months of pregnancy, he’s here and they’re both healthy,” Conant agreed. “It’s the best feeling ever. We both have big, supportive families; there’s just so much love for him.”

Conant is employed at Cabela’s and Jordan plans to be a stay-at-home mom. 

Grandparents include Sherri and Russ Kinley, of Prairie du Chien; Mike Nance, of Rockford; William and Cathy Conant, of Wauzeka; and Linda and Tuck Golden, of Brooksville, Fla.

Jordan, Chris and Cayden went home from Crossing Rivers Friday. The couple voiced their appreciation of the doctors and nursing staff at the hospital, and she acknowledged her infant being just like his mom, needing “all the attention.” But, they were so elated, they couldn’t wait to get home with their son.

In addition to Cayden, there’s been a bit of a baby boom in Prairie du Chien already for 2019. Though Crossing Rivers wouldn’t provide the private details about other babies born since the 1st, Chris Schroeder, director of obstetrical services, said “it’s been a busy January so far.” At Trillium Midwifery Services on Beaumont Road, there was a girl born at 1:07 a.m. on Jan. 1, and another girl born at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 2. 

“Whenever there seems to be a big barometric change in the weather, it tends to bring babies,” commented Midwife Heather Kramer. “This is the first year I remember in a long time that there were babies born so close to midnight.”

In fact, at Crossing Rivers, Schroeder said this was only the third time since 1991 that a baby was delivered on the first day of the new year. Otherwise, it’s usually around the 5th, 6th or 7th, she said. “We’ve had one as late as the 12th, recently,” she shared. 

Also, interestingly, 2018 was a big year for the medical center, as 155 babies were born there. That number is up significantly from 2014, when there were 101.

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