Landon and Allie Anderson had just about everything in place for when their first baby would be born. The nursery was ready in their Braselton home. They had a name picked out and a few Auburn beanies to choose from for its first hat. The only thing left to do was pack a bag for the hospital, but that could wait. Allie was only 34 weeks, after all.
But things went a little earlier than planned. Allie had a partial placental abruption, but delivered a healthy boy, Coaston Kent Anderson, at 12:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Northside Hospital Forsyth, the first baby of the new year and decade born in Forsyth County.
Coaston weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth, and he and Allie are doing well, Landon said. Coaston is in Northside’s NICU but hasn’t needed any help breathing and is feeding well. He’s expected to stay in the hospital for about a week and a half before going home with Landon and Allie, who were discharged Friday.
“[Allie] was mentally strong; she did a phenomenal job,” Landon said. “... Baby’s doing well.”
Landon added, “Just patience and time is going to be the best thing for him right now.”
In the meantime, Landon and Allie have enjoyed getting to
know their new baby boy. Landon said Coaston has “little cute” ears and long
fingers like Allie. Landon recognizes some of his own facial features in
Coaston, particularly in his nose and forehead.
“When I smile, I’m very squinty, and right now that’s what he looks like,” Landon said.
Landon and Allie first met in high school. Landon went to Buford High School. Allie attended Mill Creek. They had mutual acquaintances but never dated until later while in college when they reconnected one summer. Six years later, Landon proposed to Allie. Two years in, Landon and Allie were expecting.
The couple held a small gender reveal party with family, and when they found out the baby was a boy, it wasn’t difficult to come up with a name. Landon’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side was named Coaston, and relatives have always remarked how much Landon resembles him in both appearance and personality.
“They always say he put others first,” Landon said. “And he had really huge hands. My brother says I’ve got a bear claw.”
He added, “Everything was broad shoulders and big hands but a soft, kind heart.”
And there was little debate about Coaston’s athletic allegiance. Much of Landon’s family is from Alabama, and many went to Auburn University. One of Landon’s aunts made sure little Coaston would have an Auburn beanie ready upon arrival. Landon made sure Coaston wore it the day he was born, since Auburn’s football team played in the Outback Bowl that day.
“It was game day for him the first day he was born,” Landon said.
The Tigers didn’t make a great first impression, though; they lost, 31-24, to Minnesota. Still, Landon and his family considered that to be a fitting outcome in a way.
“That was a good first day for him to see Auburn football,” Landon said. “Because you’re going to see really good things, and you’re going to be disappointed. That kind of broke him in pretty early.”
For the Andersons, Coaston’s arrival was a beautiful way to begin a new year and decade. His birth has stirred “pretty powerful emotions,” Landon said.
“You just don’t even think you can love something that much without meeting him,” Landon said, “and then when you do, it’s even more.”
Both Landon and Allie are excited for what could be in store for Coaston and their family this next decade.
“The more we experience this journey with our little son, it’s going to get better,” Landon said. “We can see what the world has in store for him and lead him and guide him.”