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Baptist honors first baby of 2014

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By Alix Mattingly

Jessica Bush rang in the new year with an unexpectedly early bundle of joy.

Thomas Eugene Howard was born at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1 to Bush and Tommy Howard of Carrollton. Thomas was the first baby born in 2014 at Baptist Health La Grange. The healthy 7 pound, 8 ounce baby boy was 14 days early and measured 20 inches.

“I’m pretty excited,” Bush said. “I’m a little nervous about having a boy.”

Bush has a four year-old daughter, Peyton, who has been preparing for her brother’s arrival by practicing with her baby dolls.

Baptist Health gave the family a $100 gift card to Walmart to celebrate the birth.

“We’re pleased to uphold the tradition of honoring the first baby born of the new year,” Public Relations Manager Kit Fullenlove said.

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