Alaska parents welcome the first babies of the New Year
The unofficial first baby of 2016 born in Alaska was welcomed into the world at 12:57 a.m. Friday in Juneau.
The baby boy, named Carter Daugherty, was born to Tim and Sarah Daugherty. He is 21 inches long, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, the parents report.
The dad, Tim Daugherty, said the family was expecting a Christmas baby but is excited about their New Year’s gift.
“While we were hoping for a Christmas baby, having not only a New Year’s baby, but the first Alaskan baby born in 2016 was a privilege and a blessing to our family of now 4. A very rare and exciting honor indeed! Happy New Year,” wrote Daugherty.
In Anchorage, the first babies of 2016 are both girls.
The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) welcomed its first baby of 2016 at 12:59 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1.
The baby girl, named Everleigh Bissell, was born to the proud parents Sarah and Gordon Bissell of Wasilla.
The mother was also a New Years baby, born in 1982 in Valdez, according to a spokesperson from ANMC.
The hospital says it welcomes about 1,600 babies every year.
At Providence Alaska Medical Center also welcomed its first baby of 2016, a baby girl named Lily Ann Jin Yu Fielding.
Born at 1:49 a.m. on Jan. 1, the newborn weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce.
She is Aaron and Carly Fielding’s first child.
“She is the most precious little girl in the world,” a statement from the Fielding family reads. “She is sleeping a lot. We couldn’t ask for a better first day.”
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