A car seat, blanket, and other surprises arrived at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Monday morning, to welcome Zoey Lee Pack-Granger into the world.
"Did you dream you were going to have all this?" asks the nurse.
"No," says Zoey's mom.
Baby Zoey is full of surprises herself. The sweet, adorable, wide-eyed bundle of joy wasn't due until January 16th.
"I woke up yesterday morning. I was having contractions," says Julie Pack. "We waited for about 3 hours before we decided to go to the hospital. And it just dragged on."
Julie Pack spent New Year's Eve enduring 20 hours of labor. Then at 3:16 AM, Baby Zoey finally made her grand appearance.
"She looks a lot like her dad, unfortunately," Pack says with a laugh. "But no. She's beautiful. I'm really excited to have her here."
The proud dad is Pack's fiance Grady Granger. He considers Zoey's birth a miracle. You see, as a teenager, Granger suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, and was told by doctors that he may not be able to have children.
"All these years, it's really been kind of a struggle. Because of the fact of knowing that I wasn't going to be able to have one," says Granger. "And then to all of a sudden, I have a little girl here. It's amazing."
And having their first baby on first day of 2007, made the occasion even more memorable for the Long Beach couple.
"She has a special birthday," says Pack. "She's the New Year's baby."
"To be able to go in there and just touch her. For her to hold my little hand," says Granger with tears in his eyes. "It was just overwhelming to know that I now actually have a piece of me to carry on."
Zoey weighed eight pounds, 2.5 ounces. Both baby and mother should be able to go home in a few days.