BY STACI WILSON
It was the final repeating day of this century, spawning celebrations around the globe.
And one Susquehanna-area family will be celebrating the day for years to come as the birthday of their son.
Landyn Calvin James Phonechanh was born 9:36 p.m., Dec. 12, 2012, at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, N.Y., to proud parents Ashlie Yoder and Xaysongkham Phonechanh and big sister, Skylar, age 2-1/2, of Susquehanna.
The bouncing baby boy weighed in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20-1/4 inches long.
Landyn arrived a bit early, nine days before his Dec. 21 due date, Yoder said.
Yoder had a doctor’s appointment that morning. The nurse and doctor both confirmed she had started to dilate – good news to the nine months pregnant mother.
Later Wednesday afternoon, her labor began and Phonechanh was called home from his work as a local police officer.
They rushed to the hospital where baby boy Landyn arrived a short time later.
Yoder said she had liked the name “Landyn” for years, and she and Phonechanh intended to name the boy ‘Landyn James.” But added the middle name “Calvin” after Yoder’s father.
The couple brought their new baby home Friday where big sister Skylar helps care for him.
Phonechanh said, “She loves him. She wants to hold him and kiss him.”