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Lee couple welcomes first baby of the decade, year in Berkshire County

Haylie Breault and Dean Stockley, and their son, Eli. (Emily Thurlow)

GREAT BARRINGTON — Like many couples throughout the commonwealth, Haylie Breault and Dean Stockley watched the ball drop to welcome the New Year. But unlike others, they did so from Fairview Hospital room. And shortly after the ball dropped, they welcomed something else — their son.
At 1:07 a.m., Eli James Stockley was born at the Family Birthplace in the Great Barrington hospital, weighing 9 pounds and 3 ounces and measuring 20 and ¾ inches. Breault was in labor for 12 hours.
“We were hoping he’d get here a little sooner,” said Breault with a chuckle, as she cuddled her newborn son on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Baby Eli came into the world earning himself a number of titles. He’s the first baby born in Berkshire County of the year and of the decade, but he’s also his parents first child and the first grandchild for all of his grandparents. Eli has a Mimi, Memere, Grandpa, Poppy, Nanny and a Steve.
Dean’s mother, Tina “Mimi” Stockley said that while she was “good” and didn’t go crazy buying everything in sight for her first grandson around Christmastime, “… Now the gloves are off,” she told this newspaper in a recent interview.
Breault knew she wanted to name her child an “E” name early on and she and Dean settled on Eli. The baby’s middle name comes from Dean’s father, James “Grandpa” Stockley.
“He’s going to enjoy spending a lot of time with Grandpa,” said James, igniting laughter throughout the hospital room. “He’ll enjoy fishing and all kinds of other outdoor activities.”
At present time, Eli’s parents said his favorite pastimes are sleeping and eating.
“He barely cries. He’s a content baby and a great sleeper …” said Dean.
“ … For now!” James said cupping a hand to the left side of his face with a laugh from across the hospital room, igniting additional laughter from family members.
Both Breault and Dean are paramedics.
Breault works for the Town of Becket’s ambulance department and North Adams-based Northern Berkshire EMS. She previously worked as an EMT for Lee’s ambulance department.
Dean is a paramedic at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester as well as Northern Berkshire EMS. He also previously worked as a paramedic for Adams Ambulance Service Inc. and Action Ambulance Service Inc. in Pittsfield.
While Dean has delivered four babies in his career, when asked if he had an interest in delivering his own child, he quickly responded, “Nope,” and chuckled.
Both are currently on maternity and paternity leave. When Breault returns to work, she hopes it’s more of a part-time basis. But in the meantime, the new parents are just enjoying learning about their new son.
“He’s a very lucky and well-loved baby,” said Breault.

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