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Beaumont woman delivers first local baby of the new year
A Beaumont woman delivered the first local baby of the new year at 12:18.
Jacelyn Marie Richard was born prematurely. She weighs three and a half pounds and measures 13 1/2 inches.
Mom, dad, and newborn are all doing well and are little surprised that Jacelyn came six weeks early. They didn't even get to have their baby shower yet.
But that tells you this baby came into the world on her own time.
"She didn't want to wait. She wanted to come now."
A few hours into the world and Jacelyn Marie Richard is making noise with proud mom looking on.
"She's got an attitude."
But as soon as Ra'shane Levi holds her little one in her arms time seems to stand still.
It was a different story around 11 p.m. New Year's Eve.
"They called her and like 10 minutes later, the doctor had said she was on her way. I had already delivered her. We were waiting on her to come."
"The nurses were in there cheering and stuff. I couldn't figure out why they were cheering and it was because they said I had the new year's baby."
Three pounds, seven ounces, Jacelyn Marie was nearly six weeks early and doctors say she's doing just fine.
"She turned out very healthy. She's not on tubes. She's only on IV."
Jacelyn's dad, Justin Richard, and her older brother, all of ten months, are saying hi.
"I think he knows. Once he saw her, he just fell asleep and sleep all day until now because it's 2 and he gets to see her again."
"I woke up early in the morning probably about 7:30 and tried to come down here. No one informed me I can't see her til 10 o'clock, had to wait it out. Longest 3 hours of my life."
Seeing her for the first time left him speechless and grateful she's doing well.
"True blessing. I can't say it any more. It's a true blessing."
Doctors tell the parents little Jacelyn Marie will have to stay in the hospital about a month before she's able to go home.
And when she does staff will have blankets, bottles and other items to help the family bring their little one home.