Meridian welcomes first baby of 2018

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Baby Watch 2018 has come to an end. Meridian's first baby of the new year was born at Rush Hospital Tuesday morning.

Just after 8 a.m. Naomi Ann Reynolds made her first appearance at 6 pounds 10 ounces. Mom Alicia and dad Micah are overjoyed. She came one week before her due date, making her the first baby born in Meridian in 2018. The doctor who delivered her says everything went smoothly, but she certainly came out kicking.

"She has been a spitfire since she got here," Dr. Virginia Nelson says. "She came out with an attitude, little fist clenched and kicking. Anyway, she came out with not a very happy attitude."

Naomi has calmed down a bit since then. And despite her initial crankiness, her parents chose the name Naomi because it's a Biblical name that means "pleasant."

"I liked that it was different, and I liked what it meant," Alicia says. "It means pleasant. I'm hoping that she carries out her name and has a pleasant personality."

Mom and Dad are both thrilled, and Naomi also has two older brothers to help take care of her.

"This is their first girl, which was even more special," Dr. Nelson says.

"She's our first little girl. We have two sons, so to welcome our daughter and then to find out that she's the first one for both hospitals, first baby to be born in 2018 is pretty exciting," Alicia says. "A great way to kick off the New Year."