Her first child, Ivan, was born Sept. 10, 2012, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Even though her husband, Tomek, was stationed in Kuwait with the U.S. Army, he still was able to view the momentous occasion online through Skype.
With her husband at Boley’s side for the birth of her second son, the couple welcomed Jasper into the world as the nation started celebrating New Year’s Day. Born at 2:22 a.m. on Jan. 1, Jasper was the Cartersville Medical Center’s first baby of 2014, which garnered the Boley family a host of gifts and well wishes.
“I’ll never forget the first time I met Hannah,” said Ginger G. Tyra, director of marketing and public relations for Cartersville Medical Center. “I was alerted that we had a mother whose husband was stationed in Kuwait and he would be watching the delivery of his first born via Skype. I thought that was just amazing so I had to be part of it. Needless to say, it was an exciting time for Hannah and her family as well as our hospital family.
“Fast forward about 14 months later to Dec. 31, 2013 — the Labor & Delivery nurses and I were waiting to find out who would deliver the first baby of 2014, always an exciting occasion. As I was working, I heard the main door to the Labor & Delivery unit open. I looked up and, to my surprise and delight, saw Hannah walking past the nurse’s station and into a patient room. It was late afternoon so I really didn’t think she would have the first baby of the new year. I was wrong. The following day, I had the pleasure of meeting Hannah’s husband, Tomek, in person and I remember thinking how special this experience must have been for both of them; together this time, as a family.”
Currently residing in North Carolina, Boley is embracing being a stay-at-home mother and having the opportunity to witness her sons’ developmental achievements.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Boley, a 2011 graduate of Woodland High School. “... [There is] definitely not a dull moment. [I enjoy the] little things, like yesterday Ivan said, ‘I love my mama’ for the first time. It brought tears to my eyes. I was so happy. It was so sweet. It was the most precious thing. [Jasper] just started rolling over a few weeks ago. ... Now, he’s scooting. He tucks his knees up under him and he’ll go after toys and stuff and grab them. And he laughs a lot. He’s a laugher.
“[Seeing them reach these milestones] is bittersweet. I’m glad that they are learning and it’s neat to see them changing and do new things, but it’s sad because they’re growing up and they’re not going to need mama sometimes.”
With Mother’s Day falling on Sunday, Boley said she is looking forward to spending the day with her family. She also will be thinking fondly of her mother, Charmin Waits, who resides in Kingston.
“We’ll probably just hang out at the house and enjoy each other’s company. ... It’s wonderful [having Tomek back home],” Boley said, adding her family will be relocating to Bartow County in the near future. “It’s different because he wasn’t here for a lot of things when Ivan was first born.
“Now he’s getting to experience it all and it’s exciting for him. He’s happy about it. He loves it. So it’s neat to get to see him experience Christmas and Easter and all those [holidays] with the kids, especially now that Ivan’s starting to understand. It’s more exciting for him [too].”