January 6, 2014

New Year’s baby born at 1:21 a.m.

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Zoe Faye Newport, London’s first baby of 2014, was born at Saint Joseph London an hour and a half after the ball dropped on the East Coast to ring in the New Year.

Originally, Zoe was not expected until January 6. However, the baby girl was born at 1:21 a.m., weighing a healthy 6 pounds and 12 ounces with no complications. At 19-inches long, she’s the second child to Brianna Faye Newport, who also has a four-year-old son named Daniel.

According to Newport, Daniel is eager to be a big brother.

“He’s already been asking me to hold her,” she said.

Newport’s family joined her at the London hospital to celebrate the occasion. This included her son Daniel, her mother Victoria Newport, as well as her grandparents Jan and Mica Farr.

Sharon Hershberger, Saint Joseph London public affairs director, also joined Newport to present to her a Radio Flyer wagon filled with more than $1,000 in gifts and coupons.

“It has a little bit of everything. Formula, diapers, an afghan, a few stuffed animals, even meal and gift coupons,” Hershberger said.

Presenting a wagon filled with gifts to the first baby of the new year is an annual tradition for the hospital. Local businesses throughout Laurel County donate to make such a presentation possible.

“My son already told me the wagon is his,” Newport said with a laugh. “But I love all of it.”

As far as plans for 2014 go, Newport looks forward to plenty of late nights and baby care. Originally from Tampa, Fla., Newport has been a resident of Corbin for the past three years.

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