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Nacogdoches Memorial welcomes first baby of 2013


Calis and Michelle Dees spent New Year's Day celebrating at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with the newest addition to their family

"She decided she wanted to come early and in a hurry," said Michelle.

The couple wasn't expecting their fourth child until January 22nd, but newborn Laney Michelle Dees had other plans and didn't want miss any part of 2013.

"At 2:15 I had my first contraction and at 2:56 the baby was here," said Michelle.

The couple and their family live in Cushing and Calis says when his wife woke him up and explained she was in labor he knew time was of the essence.

His goal was to keep his wife calm and get to the hospital for their child's delivery.

"She looked over at the speedometer and I told her you do your job and I'll do mine," said Calis.

Tuesday the "New Year's Day Baby" was surrounded by family and friends including her three older sisters. Michelle says New Year's births seem to run in the family.

"Well my grandmother was born January 1, 1941," said Michelle.

Even though the rain put a damper on yesterday's celebrations the Dees say they couldn't imagine a better way to start the New Year.

"We'd talked about if we didn't get to pop fireworks lets pray for a baby and that's what we got," said Michelle.

 Laney weighed seven pounds and 12 ounces and she was 18 inches long.

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