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Family welcomes first baby of 2019

Lindsey and Ben Thigpen welcomed their new daughter Hadley Jean to the world on Jan. 1. They are pictured with their son Westley. Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald

Lindsey and Ben Thigpen smiled proudly as their new bundle of joy slept peacefully in her mother's arms Tuesday afternoon.

Hadley Jean, the first baby born at Altru hospital in 2019, weighs 6 pounds 9 ounces and is 21 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Collette Lessard at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, just missing 2018 by an hour.

Lindsey said she and her husband joked about the baby coming on New Year's Eve, but once that hour passed she didn't even think about Hadley being the first baby of 2019.

"We had joked about her being born in 2018 and getting the tax break, we missed that by an hour," Ben said with a laugh.

Hadley Jean was originally set to arrive about a week later, on Jan. 8, Lindsey said.

The couple also has a one and-half-year-old son named Westley, who was proudly sporting a "big brother" T-shirt and smiling as he pointed at his baby sister saying "baby" nearly every time he looked at her.

"We're just very happy that she's finally here and that we finally get to hold her," Lindsey said.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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