GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A baby boy in Grand Rapids was born with a singular claim to fame: Hospital officials say he’s the city’s first baby of 2018.
Leyton James Reed was born early New Year’s Day. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
“I really wasn’t actually expecting it to be the first one in Grand Rapids,” his mother Erica Thrasher said.
Thrasher was scheduled to be induced around 5 a.m. New Year’s Eve. Her baby had 19 hours to be born in 2017. He had other plans.
“I was pushing him out and watching fireworks,” Thrasher said. “There were fireworks in my window.”
Midnight came and went, and the race was on to see who would be the first to be born in Grand Rapids in 2018. It came down to Thrasher and another mom who was delivering twins. Baby Leyton knew what to do.
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