Two southwest Michigan families are celebrating their extra-special 2018 deliveries. On New Year's day, their babies were the first to be born at the Bronson BirthPlace in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
In Kalamazoo, Chase Allen Lawson joined the world in the first hour of the New Year – at 12:53 a.m. to be exact. This is the first baby for parents, Crystal and Brian Lawson. Crystal says she’s already been “loving the cuddles” she’s been getting from little Chase. She’s looking forward to all the fun first-baby moments ahead in 2018, and notes that Chase’s special Jan. 1 birthday is “something cool he will always have.”
Bronson Battle Creek’s first baby of 2018 arrived at 7:50 a.m. Hadler Mae Beene was due to arrive on Dec. 23, so her parents, Jacey and Justin Beene, thought they might have a Christmas baby. Instead, Hadler waited until New Year’s morning to make her first appearance. “She’s gorgeous,” says Jacey, “we loved her immediately.” This is the couple’s third child. Jacey says Hadler’s Jan. 1 birthday is “pretty cool,” adding with a laugh, “she will be our party animal.”