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1/3/2013

Year's first local child born Tuesday

By MEGHAN PITTMAN The Brunswick News

Little Kayce Kelis Coleman was due on Friday but arrived just in time to celebrate the new year.

The Southeast Georgia Health System welcomed its first baby of the new year hours after the stroke of midnight Tuesday.

Kayce, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces and more than 18 inches long, was born at 4:44 a.m. New Year's Day.

Mother Alecia Wright and Casey Coleman were the first community parents to welcome a 2013 bundle of joy.

Wright didn't know her newborn was the hospital's first baby of the year until the nurse told her.

"I worked (Monday), and when I left for lunch around noon, I didn't come back," Wright said. "I came to the hospital around (4 p.m.) that afternoon and was up all night."

Wright called Kayce's father, Casey Coleman, and her mother Linda, who came to the hospital that night.

"We knew we were having a little girl, but when I found out I was in a little pain. I called everyone and said you need to come on," Wright said.

Wednesday, the parents said Kayce stayed up all night but didn't cry much. She was napping in the afternoon but opened her eyes occasionally to her mother's voice.

"She was the only one up in the nursery," Coleman said. "She was just wide awake, but no crying, so she didn't keep everyone up."

Wright said she was ready to go home and begin the new year with Kayce and her baby's father.