Mount Carmel West welcomes Columbus' first baby of 2018


"As we're walking in, there's fireworks going off and I'm like this is the grand entrance for the baby," Robbie Phipps said.

Phipps says the fireworks were going off in celebration of the New Year. It was 12:05 a.m. He had just arrived at Mount Carmel West with his wife, Janna, who was having contractions.

The baby wasn't due until January 9.

But then, 21 minutes later, at 12:26 a.m. Janna had her own fireworks.

"A little boy," she said.

He was seven pounds, 12 ounces and 21 inches long. He didn't have a name yet. He wouldn't for the first 11 hours of his life.

"We had two [names] and we were kind of not settled on either one of them, really," Robbie said. "We were kind of just back-and-forth, back-and-forth."

But then they remembered a name they had picked a couple years ago, but they found out they were having a daughter.

That was it.

"Reid William," Janna said.

Reid's title to fame is being the first baby born in Columbus in 2018.

"I thought when I came here that there would be other moms, here," she said. "It was a full moon, New Year's didn't hit me until I go to register and they're like 'This might be the first baby of the year' and I'm like 'Ok, let's go, I'm ready'."

Phipps says she always made a point to watch the news on January first wanting to see that first baby. Now, she only needs to look in her arms.

"It's neat," she said. "It doesn't happen all the time."

Baby Reid is the couple's fourth child.