DuBOIS — Robert and Krystal Bastow, of DuBois, were surprised when they found out they are the parents of Penn Highlands DuBois’ 2018 New Year’s baby.

Kaia Renee Bastow was born at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.

“It wasn’t until a couple hours after she was born that we found out,” said Robert. “I was shocked at first, because I did not expect it, especially not the day after New Year’s out of all the people that were due around this time.”

Kaia Renee was due on Jan. 6.

“They induced me early because I had hypertension. My blood pressure was really really high,” said Krystal.

The couple arrived at Penn Highlands for the scheduled induction at 7 a.m. Jan. 2 and Kaia was born about six hours later.

This labor was especially easy compared to the birth of their first child, Stella Rose Bastow, who is now 2.

“With my first, I went into the hospital Friday night and didn’t have her until Monday morning,” Krystal said. “She (Kaia) was really quick.”

Stella is excited to have a new baby sister, according to her parents.

“She’s very, very protective of her already,” said Robert.

Crystal said she can probably go home soon, but doesn’t know about Kaia.

“She has a little bit of jaundice so they want to monitor that,” Krystal said.

Kaia, who is also Life’s Journey OB/GYN’s New Year’s baby, is also the granddaughter of Phoebe Crouch and Kevin Crouch, both of Reynoldsville, and Sherry Bastow, of Olean, N.Y.

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