Ketchikan’s first baby of 2018 arrived late Tuesday night. Lyanna Raine McKeehan was welcomed by parents Chelsea Weihing and Darren McKeehan at about 10 p.m. Jan. 2, according to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
In a notice sent Wednesday afternoon, PeaceHealth announced that Lyanna weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and is 19.5 inches long. She has a big sister, Harper, who is about to turn 3.
It’s a tradition in Ketchikan for the first baby of the new year to receive a basket of gifts. This year, Lyanna’s gifts were packed into a handmade cradle that was donated by Ketchikan Police Department Sgt. Bob Cheatam.
According to PeaceHealth, mom Chelsea is an office service technician for the City of Ketchikan. And dad Darren is a lead welder at Vigor Alaska Shipyard.
Lyanna’s grandparents are Chris and Franny Weihing, Jessie and Charlie Howe, Josh and Anita Marsden, and Roger and Tiffany McKeehan.
Last year’s first baby was born Jan. 6th. The first baby of 2016 was born on New Year’s Day.