By Errol Castens
TUPELO – North Mississippi Medical Center’s first baby of 2014 made his arrival at 5:02 a.m. Wednesday.
Weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 19 inches, Tyree Amir Jones was born to Shelia Ivy and Terrance Jones of Tupelo.
Terrance Jones said, “It feels good” for his son to be THE hospital’s New Year’s baby.
“We didn’t expect it, but it’s a blessing.”
Tyree, who has eight brothers and a sister, actually was expected to arrive Jan. 11, but his mother started having contractions about 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Shelia Ivy said the labor was fairly easy and that the delivery “was pretty fast.” Like Terrance Jones, she said the baby’s arrival was “a blessing.”
As parents of NMMC’s New Year’s Baby, Ivy and Jones received a packaged assortment of baby gifts from the hospital and area merchants. Along with such predictable items as diapers, cleaning helps and baby formula, the gifts included plush toys, a digital baby monitor, breastfeeding helps and “Baby’s First Bible.”
Shelia Montgomery said she was probably more emotional about her grandson’s arrival than his mother was.
“I’m excited,” she said.
As media representatives crowded the room at the NMMC Women’s Hospital with still cameras, TV video cameras and microphones, she gushed, “He’s a celebrity, at least for today.”
At Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory, the New Year’s baby was Walker Douglas Tubb, the son of Jason and Hillary Tubb of Tupelo. Born at 10:27 a.m. Wednesday, he weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 17 inches.
Hospital spokesman Traci Page explained why the Tubbses chose to have their baby outside their hometown.
“Hillary Tubb is actually a nurse here,” she said.
NMMC spokesman Genie Alice Causey said no Jan. 1 babies had been born at the West Point campus of NMMC by late Wednesday afternoon. Apparently, though, some would-be New Year’s babies in the region decided to become little tax deductions instead. Spokesmen at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County confirmed each hospital had several infants born on the last day of 2013.
“We haven’t had a baby yet today,” said BMH-UC spokesman Nancy Kidd on Wednesday, “but we had several the day before.”