The new year brings a lot of firsts. Aside from the promise of the first day of a diet or to be smoke-free, the new year affords the opportunity for new life to be brought into the world.
Oh, the sounds of the season! While many people were ringing in the new year with the sounds of music and laughter, some folks were celebrating to a different sound.
Little Adia Elaine Martin, first baby born in Dothan, made her appearance at Southeast Alabama Medical Center at 12:56 a.m. weighing in at six pounds, seven ounces and 19 inches long. She was delivered a little earlier than her January 14th due date by C-section.
Brother Elijah was wide eyed in the delivery room.
Nikita Linder said, “I had the baby shower planned for Saturday, but I have my family coming up today from Daleville and everywhere.”
Adia is on oxygen now, but hospital officials hope she can go home to Newnan soon, and when she does she will get to enjoy all the gifts in her first baby basket, courtesy of the hospital.
Nikita Linder said, “Blessed, I feel blessed that I have a star. I feel very blessed.”
Forty nine minutes later the Reeds rang in the new year with a different first, a first baby born in the new year at Flower's Hospital. Little Judson Krete Reed was delivered at 1:45 a.m. at six inches, two ounces and 20 inches long.
Kristy Reed said, “We have our 20-month-old at home, big sister Jordis, so we're excited to see little brother whenever she gets here.”
The Reeds didn't miss out on the New Year's festivities. Surrounded by family, they watched the ball drop at midnight. However, some activities will have to wait.
“I'm into mostly hunting right now, so he's cutting into my hunting time (laugh.)”
This is the first time in the last several years that Southeast Alabama Medical Center has delivered the first baby in the region.