PITTSFIELD -- Kayla Markham's newborn went easy on his mom.

Isaiah Brian Markham, Berkshire County's first newborn of 2014, was considerate enough to be born a few days early, which kept his mother from driving through a storm threatening blizzard-like conditions and a foot of snow on Berkshire County.

"We were excited he came before the bad weather and the storm," Kayla said on Thursday afternoon while heavy snow fell outside Berkshire Medical Center.

Officials from Berkshire County's three hospitals confirmed that Isaiah, who was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, was the first child born in the county this year. He entered the world at a healthy 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

Kayla Markham holds her new baby boy, Isaiah Brian Markham, who was born on at 1:19 a.m. Thursday at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Isaiah weighed
Kayla Markham holds her new baby boy, Isaiah Brian Markham, who was born on at 1:19 a.m. Thursday at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Isaiah weighed in at 6 lbs. and 10.5 ounces and measured 18 inches long. (Holly Pelczynski / Berkshire Eagle Staff)

Isaiah is the second child of Pittsfield residents Kayla and Chris Markham, who were friends in their mid-20s before she went on to get married to an "all-around great guy."

The couple named the child Isaiah because they could appreciate the Christian biblical connotation -- which has the name translate to "the Lord's salvation." The child's middle name, Brian, is taken from Kayla's father, who is a deacon.

"He's just a blessing to have," Kayla said.

Kayla began experiencing contractions about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The call went out to Kayla's parents, Brian and Cathy Burtt, who made a two-hour drive from their home in Uxbridge near Boston.

"[My dad] probably would have driven through the snowstorm to get here," Kayla said.

When Kayla gave birth during those early hours, her husband and both of her parents were there to greet the child.

On Christmas, and then on New Years, Kayla thought she might give birth.

The couple's first child, Xzavier, 4, was so enthusiastic about Isaiah's arrival he declared he'd take a pass on Christmas if he could meet his brother early. Kayla had contractions on Christmas, but it turned out to be false labor.

Grandparents Angelika and Mark Markham said they were excited about the possibility of a New Year baby -- but it was not to be. They now have five grandsons and one granddaughter.

"He's healthy and that's very important," Angelika said. "He's just a few hours old but he's healthy, he's got 10 fingers, 10 toes, a face and body."

While Angelika admits she'd like another granddaughter, she had outstretched arms when it was her turn to hold the child and she said she was more than content with a healthy child.

Sitting on the maternity bed, Kayla looked content with a smile on her face, ready to spend the day cradling her new baby.

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