URBANA — Arriving weeks early with a headful of dark hair, tiny Traejon Foust has already left his mark on local history.
Champaign County’s first baby born in the new year, Traejon emerged into the world at 12:17 a.m. Jan. 1 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, the son of Mercedes Encinia, 20, and Gregory Foust, 25, of Rantoul.
Encinia’s second child, this little guy wasn’t actually due to arrive until Jan. 23, she said. But her labor was induced at 8 a.m. Tuesday because she had developed a complication with her pregnancy affecting her liver.
Labor was shorter this time than it was with a previous pregnancy, Encinia said, and it felt harder. But what a gift this 5-pound, 11-ounce son turnout out to be.
“It’s like getting everything you want for Christmas in one year,” Encinia said. “It’s a knowing-Santa-Claus-is-real kind of moment.”
Encinia and Foust were friends two or three years before they got together as a couple, and she asked him out on a date first, Encinia says.
Both she and Foust currently work for Manpower, she says, and both have other career hopes.
Encinia completed a computer technician program at Kankakee Community College and would like to find work in that field, she said. Foust, who played football for Rantoul Township High School and a semi-pro team in Indianapolis, said he’d like to play football again when his new son is a bit older.
“He is going to play football, too,” Encinia predicts about baby Traejon.
The couple says Foust’s mom will help take care of their son while they work.
What Foust says about being a new dad: Bringing new life in the world means raising him right, he says. It means making sure his little son has what he needs, never letting him go hungry, helping him make the right choices but letting him make some choices for himself, and “show him you love him.”
Robyn Wienke, charge nurse at Covenant, said Traejon Foust was one of two babies born at Covenant in the first part New Year’s Day and another birth was expected by 5 p.m.