Tupelo’s first 2010 baby arrives early

TUPELO – On Thursday, April Depoyster figured she had another month left of her pregnancy.
On Friday, she learned she was wrong.
Zane Lawson Depoyster entered the world at 7:05 a.m. on New Year’s Day – exactly four weeks before his due date, but robust and healthy nonetheless.
The 6-pound-5-ounce boy was Tupelo’s first baby of 2010. And as is custom for the year’s first child, Zane was feted with a large gift basket of goodies donated from Northeast Mississippi merchants.
He also got more media attention than most people do their whole lives, surrounded by television cameras, newspaper reporters and photographers just hours after his birth.
Unfazed, he slept soundly in his mother’s arms.
“He’s a very calm baby,” Depoyster said as she reclined in bed at the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Women’s Hospital, where she was joined by her husband, Zach.
The family is from Glen, a community near Corinth.
April Depoyster said she went to bed Thursday night with no inkling of the drama that awaited. Then, around 11 p.m., her water broke.
“I stood up, like, ‘What just happened?’” April Depoyster recalled. “I didn’t know what to do at first.”
Zach Depoyster was 30 miles away in Tuscumbia, Ala., where he works for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He raced to Women’s Center after getting the call but ran into trouble on the way: A police officer at a sobriety checkpoint noticed his automobile insurance card had expired and pulled him off the road.
“But I told him my wife was in labor,” Zach Depoyster said, “and he just said, ‘Happy New Year’ and let me go.”
He made it in time to see his son born. And though Zane’s arrival was somewhat chaotic, it was mellow compared to that of the couple’s first child.
Owen, now 3, also generated media coverage at birth. Like his brother, he came a bit early, but it was because a car accident prompted premature labor.
April Depoyster said she was en route to a doctor’s appointment when she was struck by a vehicle that had run a red light. The impact not only triggered contractions but attracted the press.
“I was on the front page of the Corinthian,” she laughed, referring to the Corinth newspaper.
Now that the whole family is safe and sound, Zach Depoyster said he can finally relax.
“I’m just thankful that everybody is OK,” he said. “As long as they’re healthy, I’m happy.”

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

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