Glenwood’s New Year’s baby featured in speech
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – At 9 days old, little Wyatt James Sheets has already seen more celebrity than many of us will in a lifetime.Born on New Year’s Day at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Wyatt was the first child born at the hospital in 2008, for which he made the cover of the Post Independent on Jan. 3He also was the focus of a speech made by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Andrew Romanoff, on Wednesday – the opening day of the 66th Colorado General Assembly.”The quality of Wyatt’s life depends on the decisions we make here, in this chamber this year,” said Romanoff. “We’re not Wyatt’s parents; nobody can take their place. But we can make it easier for Wyatt to thrive.”Wyatt is the son of James and Alicea Sheets of Colorado Springs, who were in Glenwood Springs over the holidays. The baby wasn’t scheduled to make an appearance until Jan. 28, when the couple would have been back at home. But his decision to arrive nearly a month early worked out. He was delivered by cesarean section, weighed 6 pounds and was 18.5 inches long.Wyatt is the first son for the Sheetses, who already have three daughters. James Sheets is an Army mechanic stationed at Fort Carson and Alicea stays home and takes care of the kids.A photo of Wyatt, taken by Post Independent photographer Kelley Cox, was projected on a screen in the chambers of the state Capitol in Denver where Romanoff gave his speech.Romanoff referred to Wyatt through his address, using him as an example of how the policy choices the General Assembly makes today will affect Wyatt and his generation in the areas of education, health care and economic development.”In the end, what James and Alicea want – what Wyatt deserves – is a shot at the American Dream: the chance to enjoy a solid education, a steady job, a safe and healthy place to live and grow up,” Romanoff summed up. “That’s not too much for them to expect and it’s not too much for us to deliver.”
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