First baby of the year arrives right on time |

First baby of the year arrives right on time

If Wednesday was any indication, Marcus Ebon Slack will grow up to be a punctual person.

On the due date of New Year’s Day, Marcus came into the world a healthy 8 pounds, 7 ounces at 1:35 p.m. at Barton Memorial Hospital as the first South Lake Tahoe baby of 2003.

First-time parents Ebon and Julie Slack sat in Room 6 at the hospital a day after Marcus was born watching an instructional hospital video on how to care for babies.

The two came home from a get-together on New Year’s Eve and got some sleep before the contractions started getting close together. Ebon Slack’s shower was cut short when his wife told him it wasn’t a drill. A half-packed suitcase lay nearby.

“We ran some red lights,” Julie Slack admitted.

“We figured if we got pulled over, we’d have a good excuse,” Ebon Slack said.

When they arrived at the emergency room, intoxicated revelers littered the area but parted when asked, Ebon Slack said.

Nearly 10 hours after arriving at the hospital around 3 a.m., Julie Slack, a property manager, gave birth to her first child. The new father, a professional at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes, said his wife’s grip was tight on his hand, but relaxed slightly after she received an epidural.

Marcus was named after his maternal grandfather.

“He’s an addition to the Raider Nation,” Ebon Slack said.

“Oh yeah, he already has a Raider’s hat,” Julie Slack added.

The new family was scheduled to leave Barton early Thursday afternoon and return to their South Lake Tahoe home. An abundance of community gifts were in tow, including a $50 savings bond from El Dorado Savings Bank, a free night’s stay at various casinos and hotels, baby goods from Rite Aid and Long’s Drug Store and one month free service from Earthsmart Diaper Service.

Asked if Marcus would have any brothers or sisters, the married couple of three years smiled and glanced at each other before the new mom answered.

“We’ll see how it goes,” she said. “We’ve had him for a day so we’ll just see how it goes.”

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