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LOCAL HOSPITALS CELEBRATE THE FIRST BABIES OF 2017

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Freeman hospital welcomed the first baby born in 2017 in Joplin. Six pound one ounce Todd Patrick Allen.  T.J., as his parents will call him, was nineteen inches long and was born at 6:17 p-m New Years day.
          T.J. got a stuffed animal gift from the Children's Miracle Network as a special way to welcome him into the world.
          Mom is doing well and getting to know her new baby.
At Mercy hospital, little  Ellie Marie Matthews was supposed to arrive on the 31st, but her mom said she was stubborn.
          She arrived today at 8:42 a.m. the second of January but still the first 2017 arrival at Mercy. So gifts were in order.
          One of the nurses who helped deliver Ellie, delivered a car seat containing gifts from frames to blankets.
          Ellie weighed seven  pounds, eleven ounces and is nineteen and half inches long.
          And even if she wasn't a tax deduction, she  turned out to be exactly what mom and dad wanted.

"Its pretty exciting! said Shelby Kay Matthews, the new mom about being the new years baby. We were surprised there wasnt one already being the second. (of January) We're just in love, shocked, all at the same time, mixed emotions."
"I thought I  wanted a little boy,
said new dad Cody Matthews, But the more I  thought about it Im happy we got a little girl. You know she's gonna be daddy's girl, for sure."

Ellie is even had visitors. Great grandparents came bearing kisses and flowers to welcome her to the world.

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