New Year's baby arrives just after midnight

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX)-South Mississippi's first baby of the New Year arrived right on time. Tristan McNeill was born at one minute after midnight.

Baby Tristan arrived just moments after the new year began.

"We had him about one minute after midnight," said proud mother, Brittaney Warden.

She didn't expect her baby would be among the first of 2009.

"I thought I was going to be in and out. Just a little check up. But I ended up staying," she said.

"I think it is neat. I didn't expect it to happen to me, cause I'm not lucky, you know. But it will be an interesting story when he gets older," says the 21 year old mom.

Tristan's dad says the New Year's arrival simply adds to their happiness.

"I'm just excited," said Travis McNeill, "I think he's beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. I couldn't ask for anything else."

"It's definitely a wonderful experience for a physician to share the joy of bringing the new life to the world," said Dr. Joanna Trus.

Dr. Trus has helped deliver babies for some 20 years. Young Tristan is her first New Year's baby.

"I was actually suspecting maybe like one o'clock in the morning. But surprisingly, she went very quickly. He decided to come a little earlier," said the physician.

The young couple from Wiggins was told to expect Tristan's arrival between the last of December and the first week of January. Dad got the call at work that Mom was headed for the hospital.

"Hoping I got here in time. And come to find out, I got here in plenty of time. Plenty of time," said the father.

It seems there newborn son already has a great sense of timing. When it comes to tracking New Year's babies, it's tough to beat one minute past midnight.

"Happy New Year to you all," said the proud parents.

Tristan Newsome McNeill weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth.

The parents wanted to thank the staff of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport for a wonderful job helping deliver their New Year's baby.