Lindsey and Ben Thigpen smiled proudly as their new bundle of joy slept peacefully in her mother's arms Tuesday afternoon.
Hadley Jean, the first baby born at Altru hospital in 2019, weighs 6 pounds 9 ounces and is 21 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Collette Lessard at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, just missing 2018 by an hour.
Lindsey said she and her husband joked about the baby coming on New Year's Eve, but once that hour passed she didn't even think about Hadley being the first baby of 2019.
"We had joked about her being born in 2018 and getting the tax break, we missed that by an hour," Ben said with a laugh.
Hadley Jean was originally set to arrive about a week later, on Jan. 8, Lindsey said.
The couple also has a one and-half-year-old son named Westley, who was proudly sporting a "big brother" T-shirt and smiling as he pointed at his baby sister saying "baby" nearly every time he looked at her.
"We're just very happy that she's finally here and that we finally get to hold her," Lindsey said.