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Arvada parents miss Broncos game but win big with New Year’s baby

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Ben Ahlman had a ticket to attend the Denver Broncos game Sunday, but his plan fell apart when his wife, Ashley, went into labor on New Year’s Eve and gave birth to Aubrey Faith Ahlman at 12:01 Sunday morning.

The 6-pound, 5-ounce girl, born at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, has a claim as the first Colorado child born in the new year.

Ahlman, 25, said he wasn’t too concerned about missing the game. “This is kind of a better surprise, anyway,” he said.

Aubrey is the Arvada couple’s first baby and was supposed to arrive Saturday, said Ashley, 24.

“We thought she was going to be a really prompt and punctual baby, but she was about two minutes late,” she said.

As for the world in which Aubrey will grow up, Will Fox, creator of, said that by the time she is old enough to drive, electric cars will be widely available with millions of charging stations across the country.

And Fox said medical advances will beat aging and disease.

“A child born in 2012 can expect to live indefinitely really,” he said.

Aubrey’s parents weren’t looking that far ahead. “She is doing well. She sleeps, eats and poops. That is about it,” Ben Ahlman said.

The couple hope to have a few more children but not right away.

“We will see how this one goes. She is beautiful. She is tiny, 6 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 and one-half inches long. She is really skinny,” Ahlman said.

“Like her dad,” Ashley added.

Tom McGhee

Mile High Mamas
Author: Mile High Mamas

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