Europe’s first military baby in ’08 born at Lakenheath
January 3, 2008
RAF LAKENHEATH — The birth of Tech. Sgt. David and Julianne Delozier’s fourth child came as a big surprise on the biggest night of the year.
Bryce Allen Delozier — delivered at 2:02 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Lakenheath hospital — was the first baby born to a military couple in Europe in 2008, based on a check of military hospitals throughout the continent.
“We were very surprised,” David Delozier said about the timing of Bryce’s birth, originally scheduled for Jan. 8.
Delozier is assigned to the 100th Communications Squadron at RAF Mildenhall.
“It was a pretty easy labor,” said Julianne Delozier as she relaxed with her 8-pound, 8-ounce bundle of joy on a hospital bed.
The couple did, however, run into a snag before the labor when all of their friends were out partying and couldn’t look after their other children.
This issue was resolved when a neighbor agreed to help out.
The oldest child, Kirsten, 9, initially wished for a baby sister but now is content with a brother.
The couple chose not to know the sex of the baby until its birth.
“I wanted a little girl, but I’m happy that we got a boy,” Kirsten said as she patted Bryce’s head.
Other hospitals in Europe reported New Year’s Day babies — including Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and the Naples hospital in Italy.
In fact, two other babies were born at the Lakenheath hospital on Tuesday, including one delivered about 20 minutes after Bryce.
The Deloziers received a basket full of baby supplies as well as wine and food for having the first newborn of 2008 at the Lakenheath hospital.
When asked if more babies are in their future, Julianne gave a quick reply.
“Four is good enough,” she said.