First Local Babies Ring in 2014

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Lots of babies will be born in 2014, and some are already here. Landon Shane Johnson is the first one born in Fort Smith in the new year.

Johnson rang in 2014 weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 inches long. He was born at 1:04 a.m. on Jan. 1, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith.

“He just didn't want to come out until midnight,” mother Jessica Wheeler said. “I didn't start pushing him out until midnight.”

The baby wasn't expected to come for another three weeks.

“I wasn`t even expecting him to be the first baby of the year,” said grandmother Gina Glenn. “That was really exciting for him to pop up this early.”

Johnson’s family said they could see fireworks from the New Year's Eve celebration burst into the air through their hospital window as he was being born.

“It was a big celebration in here,” said Glenn.

As the big celebration continues, Wheeler said this will be a story to tell for years to come.

"I was nervous, so scared and in pain for a minute,” she said. "But after I heard him cry, it was all worth it.”

Also in Fort Smith, at Sparks Health System, Izabella became the first baby of 2014 born there, weighing in at 7 pounds 1 ounce.

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Martha Sanchez and Ismael Elizondo say Izabella's three siblings are eagerly waiting at home for her. The doctor who delivered Izabella has now delivered three of Sanchez' four children.

Sparks gave the family two baskets filled with diapers as a gift.

In Benton County, Ruby Frances Daniel was the first baby born in the New Year. She was born around 3:45 Wednesday (Jan. 1) morning at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces.

""At about 2 o'clock [my wife] said we have to get to the hospital," said Joshua Daniel, Ruby's Dad. "The first thing I thought was this is the worst time to be out on the roads but we got here very hastily but safely."

Even though Mom and Dad said they were worried about being out on the roads with New Year's Eve celebrations going on, they were able to make it to the hospital without having any problems.


  • veronica

    Congrats on the birth of ur babies! It does not make a “parent” any less of a parent because they are not married! And it does not make the child any less special! Go back to 1950, this is 2014. No judgemental comment needed on a story of 3 beautiful miracles

    • arnold fudpucker

      I sincerely wish you were correct about your previous commentary. Unfortunately, the chances of the taxpayer picking up some or all of the support tab is very, very high in these unwed mother/father cases. No commitment too many times leads to no support so they look to the taxpayers. Your 1950’s comment just shows your lack of understanding the reality of things. 2014 would do well to re-learn many of the values from 1950.

  • babynameslog0

    Congrats to the parents!!! It really doesn’t matter to me if they are married or not. They brought a new baby into life and that’s all. Loved Izabella choice for the name of the first baby! Parents are indeed very lucky! My favorite choices for baby names are always “safe”, for example something among these popular baby names for 2014: Karter, Kendrick or King (apparently K- starting baby names will be hot in 2014 as reports). My all time favorite is Adelynn though, sweet and cute, ideal for pretty baby girls!

    Wish you all the best for 2014 !!!
    Amanda xx

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