The possibility of having a New Year’s Baby was the furthest thing
from Tiffany Glaviana and Dustin LeLeaux’s minds as the Avondale
residents prepared for the birth of their son due on Dec. 30, 2015.
Glaviana had her final prenatal checkup the morning of the 30th at
Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology in Hammond, where she has been a long-time patient. She was already beginning to
experience contractions, and was hopeful that the baby would be born that
day so he would share a birthday with his “nanny,” Raylyn
Bordelon, 24, of Ponchatoula.
As the contractions became more steady throughout the day, Glaviana worked
with Magnolia’s Nurse Practitioner Keri Girard to finalize plans
to arrive at
North Oaks Medical Center at 10 p.m. that night to prepare for delivery. To pass the time until
then, a low-key birthday celebration was held for Glaviana’s sister
Raylyn at the Hammond home of their parents, Jodi and Riley Bordelon Jr.
More than 26 hours after Glaviana arrived at the hospital, Toby Luke LeLeaux
was born into instant celebrity status as North Oaks Medical Center’s
first baby of 2016. Delivered by
Dr. Deborah Shuman of Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology at 12:13 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016,
Toby weighed 8 lbs., 1.3 oz. and was 21¼ inches long.
“He’s a blessing. It was a long day, but family and lots of
coffee saw us through,” explains LeLeaux.
“It was like a family reunion,” observes Riley Bordelon in
reference to the large party of close-knit family members gathered in
the hospital waiting room for news of his grandson’s birth.
“Toby just wanted all the attention,” Glaviana comments. “We
are definitely infatuated with him.”
“I can’t wait to teach him how to play baseball,” shares
big brother, Dustin LeLeaux Jr., as he carefully cradles his sleeping
new sibling in his lap.
Glaviana and LeLeaux met at Winn Dixie Marketplace in River Ridge, where
LeLeaux is a manager, when Glaviana transferred there from the former
Ponchatoula store. They have been together for 6 years.
“I knew she was 'the one' as soon as I met her,” LeLeaux
says of his fiancée, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree
in Accounting at Southeastern Louisiana University.
When asked what’s next for them, the couple shares that they are
looking forward to getting married, Glaviana earning her degree and growing
their family. “But after I finish school,” Glaviana asserts
with a smile.
For more information about
Women & Children’s Services at North Oaks or
Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology, call (985) 230-6647. You also may visit www.northoaks.org.