For the first time in seven years the New Years baby in Sheridan County was actually born on New Years Day. At 7:20 am on Sunday, parents Scot and Jennifer Shields welcomed Alden Roy Shields into their family.
Hospital Community Relations Director Cecile Pattison said that this is the first time a baby has been born on New Years Day since 2005. A surprising statistic, Pattison says, since they average about 400 deliveries per year at Sheridan Memorial.
Even this year there wasn't a lot of competition to break the seven-year stretch. Scot Shields says they realized pretty quickly that they had a good chance of being the first delivery of 2012.
Alden weighed 8 lbs 15 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. He is the Shields' third child, brother to siblings Damien and Bryce. Memorial Hospital gave the family a case of diapers and took little Alden home on Monday.