First baby born at University

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Jennifer Marshall holds her newborn, Avery James Palmer, Friday afternoon at University Hospital. Avery was born at 12:46 a.m. Januray 1.

Avery James Palmer will have something extra to celebrate each New Year’s Day.

The 5 pound, 8 ounce baby boy was the first child born in the new decade in the Augusta area. He came in the world earlier than scheduled as his due date was Jan. 22.

Avery was born at University Hospital to Jim Palmer and Jennifer Marshall of North Augusta. He was 19 inches in length. The couple also has an older daughter, Haley Ann, 17.

“I didn’t have a clue,” Ms. Marshall said about the possibility of her son being born on New Year’s Day. “I had no idea until they started telling me to push.”

“That’s when we knew he was coming,” Mr. Palmer added.

But, because she began labor well before midnight, they figured Avery was going to be a “New Year’s Eve baby”, he said.

“That’s what everyone started saying, and that’s what we thought,” he said.

However, he held off making his entrance into this world until 12:46 a.m. Friday.

Haley Ann, gazing at her little brother, said she enjoyed preparing for his arrival, and had the most fun shopping for baby clothes.

“I can’t wait for him to get bigger so I can teach him some things and do different stuff with him, you know, be a big sister,” she said

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