Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette
Tamra McLellan holds her first child, a baby girl, Isla Beth as both her and her husband Brian were all smiles at UCHealth Memorial Center on New Year’s Day January 1, 2018. Isla Beth was born at 12:01 a.m. and is believed to be the first baby born in 2018 in Colorado Springs.
For Colorado Springs’ Tamra and Brian McLellan, 2017 proved that life is full of surprises.
Sometimes for the worse.
A friend commits suicide, as Brian’s did on Halloween.
A baby is lost to a miscarriage, as it was for Tamra’s first expected baby, and the couple’s February of hopes and dreams gave way to a March of sadness. Seven years ago, as giddy students getting to know each other at Florida State University, they couldn’t have imagined such pain between them.
But sometimes, surprises are for the better.
Take the time around 4:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve. Tamra’s water broke. Brian threw everything into the car. And they were off to the hospital, texting friends later that the scheduled party at their home was off.
Their girl was coming three weeks early.
Isla Beth McLellan, 6 pounds and 2 ounces, was born at 12:01 a.m. Monday at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, which declared her the city’s first child of 2018.