Alexandria Grace Beck, the Archbold Buckeye First Baby of 2013, shouldn’t have been the First Baby of the Year.
The daughter of Jeff Beck and Jessica Potts, Archbold, Alexandria’s due date was predicted to be Dec. 21, 2012.
Jessica was induced on Dec. 31, and was in labor for 29 hours before Alexandria finally made her appearance at 11:17 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
“I’ve been calling her an overcooked Butterball turkey because she was so big,” said Jessica.
Alexandria weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long when she was born at the Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon.
She has brown hair and blue-green eyes, and has been eating every one to two hours since she came home on Thursday, Jan. 3.
“The first night we had her home she did not sleep at all,” said Jessica.
Jeff, who picked the name Alexandria, is a 1997 Archbold High School graduate. He has been a service technician at Christy Motor Sales, Archbold, for 11 years.
Jessica, a 2000 graduate of Hilltop High School, has worked in the office of Granite Industries, Archbold, since July 2012.
Her mother, Paulette Potts, who died in October, picked the middle name of Grace.
Early in the pregnancy Jessica craved watermelon, but in the third trimester she wanted cooked cabbage and sauerkraut.
“I don’t like cooked cabbage,” she said. “So it was really strange that that’s what I wanted to eat.”
Oliver, the couple’s fiveyear old cat, was a little leery of the new addition to the family.
“He was kind of scared of her at first,” said Jeff.
But now, “He’s been kind of like a watchdog,” said Jessica. “If she’s in the bed, he’ll just kind of sit and watch her.”
Alexandria’s grandparents are Terry Potts, West Unity, and Kirk and Sally Beck, Archbold.
Her great-grandmother is Inez Potts, Fayette.
As the Archbold Buckeye First Baby of 2013, Alexandria received several gifts, including:
•Hallmark baby photo album, Red Cross Drug Store;
•complimentary chiropractic care for Alexandria for a year, Nafziger Family Chiropractic;
•pink photo album and $10 gift card, The Scrapbook Korner;
• $25 gift certificate and a stuffed animal, Eliza Henry;
•large pizza, any appetizer, two beverages, Pizza Hut, Wauseon;
•$20 gift certificate, Archbold SuperValu Foods;
•stainless steel two-piece baby silverware set, Hilver’s Jewelers;
•fleece picnic blanket, RTEC Communications;
•$20 gift card, Subway;
•Ohio stuffed bear with an Ohio quarter, The Sherwood State Bank;
•two buffets, The Barn Restaurant;
•$50 gift certificate, Deluxe Cleaners;
•$10 gift certificate, The Home Restaurant;
•pound of chocolate covered nuts, Al-Meda Chocolates;
•and a year’s subscription to the Archbold Buckeye.– Mary Huber