JANESVILLE

Stacey Ayen’s fortune cookie read “Tomorrow is going to be an important day” when she opened it Dec. 30 at Whitewater’s Beijing Buffet.

Her baby was not due until Jan. 6, but Stacey believed the cookie had other plans.

She was right. Stacey’s water broke the next day, on New Year’s Eve. Her son was born the following morning, five days earlier than predicted.

Nolan Remington Ayen was born at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville at 6:07 a.m. Monday, making him the first baby born in Janesville in 2018.

Nolan weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches long, Stacey said. He is the first-born of Stacey and her husband, Matthew Ayen, who live in rural Janesville near Footville.

Nolan’s middle name, Remington, is Stacey’s maiden name, she said. The couple chose Remington so the baby’s initials would be NRA—like the National Rifle Association.

Matthew enjoys hunting, and Stacey loves fishing, she said. Naturally, Nolan will go home Wednesday to a hunting-themed nursery.

Staff at St. Mary’s brought the family sparkling grape juice Tuesday to celebrate the new year, said Kathryn Scott, spokesperson for the hospital.

Stacey said she was surprised Nolan was Janesville’s New Year’s baby, she said.

Neither Stacey or Matthew are lucky people, Stacey said. The fortune cookie was, hopefully, the start to a new wave of luck for the young Ayen family.

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