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January 2, 2013

It’s a girl! Madison County welcomes first baby of 2013

MADISON COUNTY — Elysia Miller, 19, had already given away most of her baby stuff from her first pregnancy when she discovered she was more than six months pregnant.

Almost four months later, Elysia and her husband, Dustin, 22, welcomed Layla Jade Dominique Miller at 5:12 p.m. New Year’s Day at Baptist Health in Richmond. She was the first baby born in Madison County in 2013.

Elysia would have preferred to wait just two more minutes, she said. Her 17-month-old son Colton was born at 4:14 p.m. and weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces. Two more minutes and Layla Jade (weighing in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces) would have been a second numerical coincidence.

Colton’s not sure what to think about his new baby sister, Elysia said. “He came in yesterday and gave her a few funny looks.”

But Colton carries his Elmo doll around like a baby, so his mom hopes that is an indication he will soon get used to having a baby sister.

Elysia had always wanted a girl, she said, and is glad Layla Jade will have a big brother to help watch over her. She also will have her half-sister Lylianah, who is 2 years old.

Layla Jade looks a lot like Colton, who resembles his father ― “but she’s got my chin,” Elysia said.

The Millers haven’t been Madison Countians for very long, moving to Richmond from Arkansas in November for better employment and educational opportunities.

The couple also moved to be close to Elysia’s grandparents, she said. Layla Jade’s middle name is derived from her great-grandfather and grandfather, who are both named Dominic. Layla Jade’s original due date of Jan. 19 happened to be her great-grandfather’s birthday, which would have been a third numerical coincidence.

Although Layla Jade had been in the world for only a day Wednesday, her mom could already report that she doesn’t like being wrapped up in a blanket. The nurses said, “She loves having her hair washed, but not the rest of her.”

The Pattie A. Clay Auxiliary, founded in 1966, traditionally gives a gift to the first baby of the new year. Each family receives between $100 to $150 in gifts, depending on gift preferences, said hospital spokesperson Jill Williams. In this case, Layla Jade got a baby swing and a bag full of goodies, including a tiny sleeper with ruffles on the bottom.

Crystal Wylie can reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

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