Early arrival of newborn a Christmas surprise for family

It was the perfect Christmas gift -- a San Jose family with a healthy baby boy, born early Christmas morning.
December 25, 2013 8:03:27 PM PST
It was the perfect Christmas gift -- a San Jose family with a healthy baby boy, born early Christmas morning. But the timing was a surprise, so an excited father is racing across the country right now to meet his newborn son.

Born early on Christmas morning, Yevin Melvin is just four pounds, nine ounces.

"My due date was the 13th of February, they were telling me you're going to have a Valentine's baby," mom Dynna Thach said.

But when Dynna went into labor on Christmas Eve, it was clear Yevin was coming early -- seven weeks early.

"He's doing good, that's what the nurses says; everyone's telling me he's a strong baby for a premie," she said.

"Even though he arrived early, doctors say Yevin is strong and healthy and if all goes well, he could be headed home in as little as 2-3 weeks.

"I'm just glad that he's healthy and she's doing well," Dynna's mom Kathy Pek said.

Kathy is filled with emotion for another reason: she remembers giving birth to Dynna and two of her sisters in the very same building.

It was a tradition that was almost broken. Thach was here on a rare Christmas visit to her family. She and Yevin's father, Yasmin, are both in the Army and are stationed in Alaska.

"I guess you could say we like our job when jumping out of planes," Yasmin said.

But this time, Yasmin's jumping on a plane. After getting a first look at his newborn son over a facetime call, he boarded a cross-country flight from his family's home in Georgia so he could hold Yevin's tiny hand in person.

It wasn't what they expected for Christmas. Dynna and Yasmin became parents, Kathy became a grandma and Dynna's little sister got a new nephew.

"It's great; I like it, it's the best Christmas ever," Natalie Pek said.


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