Hillsborough County welcomes first baby of 2018

(Source: South Florida Baptist Hospital)

PLANT CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – A lot of people were on their feet, dancing the night away, as 2017 ended and 2018 began.

Jessica Venegas was laid up in a hospital bed ringing in the new year in a much different way.

“I was like, one of these days she’s going to be born.  But I wasn’t thinking it’d be on New Years,” Venegas said.

Her daughter, Jasline, came into the world just an hour into 2018.

The bundle of joy, who weighed 6 lbs., 14 ounces, is believed to be the first baby born in Hillsborough County in the new year.

“I wasn’t thinking about it at that time til’ in the morning.  They were like, oh yeah, she was the first one born.  I was like what?!  I was in shock about it,” she said.

At 5:31 a.m., baby Colton Campbell Arbuckle rang in the new year with mom Meghan and dad Logan.

He weighed 5 lbs., 7 ounces when he was delivered at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

But it appears Lincoln Philip Chevere takes the cake.

The 6 lbs., 10-ounce baby boy entered 2018 around 12:45 a.m. at Morton Plant Hospital in Pinellas County.

That makes him the first baby boy born in the Bay area in 2018.

Happy birthday to all.  And Happy New Year as well.


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