TAWAS CITY – Hale Residents Kaitlin Challenger and Justin Irwin welcomed their third child, a son, at 5:31 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Waylon Conor Irwin was born at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, under the care of delivering physician, Dr. Christopher Oravitz and is the first baby born in Iosco County in 2021.
Challenger said that due to the circumstances with COVID-19, the only people allowed in the room during the delivery were hospital personnel. For that reason, she wanted to thank the staff for taking such great care of her.
The latest addition to the family will join 2-year-old son, Wesley and 8-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, and made his way home from the hospital on Jan. 6.
Irwin weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces at birth and measured 21 inches long. With Irwin being the firstborn in the county in 2021, him and his family have been gifted with an array of goodies to celebrate the occasion. These gifts come courtesy of local businesses who participated in the annual Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press First Baby Contest.
Local merchants who are taking part in this year’s contest and the prizes they are offering to Iosco’s firstborn of 2021 include:
Branham’s Jewelry of East Tawas, baby’s first spoon;
Neiman’s Family Market of Tawas City, a baby gift basket;
Dean Arbour Ford, Charlie Smith, of Tawas City, a free lube, oil and filter change for the first baby’s family vehicle;
Hobart’s Furniture and Jewelry of Oscoda, a $25 gift certificate;
Tawas Bay Big Boy of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate;
Life’s a Stitch Embroidery of Oscoda, Cubbie Personalized Penguin;
Lake Effects of Tawas City, a $25 gift certificate;
Fusion Jewelry Boutique of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate;
Mancino’s of Oscoda, a $25 gift certificate;
Mooney’s Ben Franklin of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate;
chick’n dots of East Tawas, a $10 gift certificate and a long sleeve t-shirt;
Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press, a one-year subscription to the mother’s choice of either newspaper.