New arrival not the first for her parents, but she’s No. 1 for Lebanon

By Sarah Brown

Lebanon Local

Remi Kay Byrd has the honor of being the first baby born this year – and the first of the decade –in Lebanon. 

She came into the world at 12:02 p.m., just after noon on Thursday, Jan. 2. 

Remi weighed in at eight pounds, six ounces, and measured 19.5 inches. Her parents are Kody and Sarah Byrd.

She’s child No. 5 for her mother.

“Five and done,” Sarah joked, who noted her youngest was the hardest delivery of all her children.

Remi is child No. 2 for her dad, though he also adopted Sarah’s third child. 

The newborn is preceded by her siblings Adison Blecha, David Anderson, Jayden Byrd and Paisley Byrd.

Adison Blecha, right, gazes at her newborn sister, Remi Kay Byrd, after Remi’s arrival as Lebanon’s first baby of the year. Adison has had the pleasure of meeting all four of her siblings following their birth.
Photo by Sarah Brown

Both Remi and Paisley share their grandmother’s middle name, Kay, on their father’s side. Kody’s mother died two years ago, just before Paisley was born.

Paisley also shares the middle name of Sarah’s grandmother, Elaine, who also died two years ago.

The Byrds moved to Lebanon from northern California in 2016, right after they were married.

Sarah has family in the area, as does Kody, who’s been visiting since he was 14. 

He and Sarah love the “gorgeous” landscape and find the people are nicer, too, he said.

“It just feels like life’s a little bit slower, and so we’re not having to move so fast,” Kody said. “Living in the cities is just bonkers.”

Kody, in partnership with his father, is a contractor at Byrdhouse Construction. Sarah works for Selmet. 

The parents hoped their daughter would be Lebanon’s first-born of the year, but figured they missed it when she hadn’t arrived yet by Thursday morning. 

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and Boulder Falls Inn donated gifts in honor of the hospital’s first-born baby of the year.

Their biggest desire for Remi is that she will be healthy.