Dayne Randall Keele can cry, coo, eat, sleep - or just rest on his laurels.
With a little push from Mom, he captured attention Tuesday - not to mention lots of prizes - by being the first baby born in a Salt Lake County hospital New Year's Day.Dayne, son of Randall and Susan Keele of Bountiful, entered the world at the University of Utah Hospital at 5 seconds after midnight. He edged out a baby born at Cottonwood Hospital Medical Center 14 seconds later to win the 1991 Diaper Derby, sponsored by the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune.
To eliminate any advantage, babies born by Caesarean section were not eligible for the annual contest.
And Dayne faced no serious competition from babies at other county hospitals.
Pioneer Valley Hospital's first baby ushered in the New Year at 1:25 a.m., followed by babies at LDS Hospital and Alta View born around 2 a.m. No babies had been born at HCA St. Marks, Holy Cross Jordan Valley, FHP, or Holy Cross by 5 a.m.
"We are stunned. That's all I can say," a tired Susan Keele said in an early morning interview. "We had kidded around about it but never thought it would happen."
Susan, a service representative for US WEST Communications, was due to deliver the couple's second child on Friday.
"When that passed, I thought, `Maybe I could have the baby of the year,' " she said. "But we aren't lucky, so I really never thought it would happen."
But 1991 is turning out to be the couple's lucky year."We aren't lucky, so I really never thought it would happen." After seven hours of labor, Susan gave birth to a healthy boy weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces. Because her obstetrician, Dr. Neil Kochenour, was out of town, Dayne was delivered by Dr. Ken Ward.
Her husband, Randy, an employee at Hill Air Force Base, assisted in the birth.
Unlike other child stars, the blond baby garnered instant acclaim.
"They told us we were the first (1991) baby for the hospital," Susan said. "I knew I had a good chance of being the first in the valley, but I still can't believe it."
A sleepy Dayne Randall was undaunted Tuesday morning by his fame and good fortune.
But Mom and Dad appreciate the long list of booty that will be arriving at their home this week.
The family's gifts, donated by local merchants, include everything from groceries to diapers to dining out and care for the family's car and carpets.
Why, there are even goodies for Dayne's 5-year-old sister, Chelsy. She shied from the limelight Tuesday, content to be home benefiting from her brother's good luck.
"We are happy," Susan said. "And, we are happy that we are done."
At ages 34 and 41 respectively, Susan and Randy "definitely are not going to have a million more" children.