Nikki Hooks cuddles newborn baby boy Thomas Jay, who was the first baby of the new year at Russell Medical Center. Thomas Jay was born 4 pounds and 17 inches long and was about a month early. He is in healthy condition at RMC. | Alison James

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RMC welcomes first baby of 2013

Published 12:22pm Friday, January 4, 2013

While people across the nation were celebrating the coming of a new year, Nikki Hooks was preparing to celebrate the coming of her newborn son, the soon-to-be first baby of 2013 at Russell Medical Center.

“I knew he’d be a little early, but I didn’t think it’d be this early,” Hooks said. “I thought it’d be a couple more weeks.”

Thomas Jay Hooks was born Jan. 1 at 10:51 a.m. He wasn’t due until Feb. 5.

“He is something to celebrate,” said Niki Harris, nursery nurse. “He’s doing so good.”

Thomas Jay was born 4 pounds, 17 inches long. Harris said he will need to be able to put on and maintain his weight and maintain his temperature before he can go home. Until then, he will stay in an insulette in the hospital.

“He’s not on oxygen or anything,” Hooks said. “They say he’s extremely healthy to be a 35-week baby.”

Alexander City also helped welcome Thomas Jay in style with a New Year’s goody basket, including gift cards, teddy bears, baby blankets and more.

“It’s just been a tradition that the hospital has observed for many years,” said RMC marketing director Susan Foy.

Hooks said he is named after her mother’s father and her father’s father.  Thomas Jay is Hooks’ second child – big sister Allyssa Belle is two years old.

“I just want him to be healthy,” Hooks said.

Gift basket contributors included Russell Hospital Auxiliary, Winn Dixie, Goody’s, Lynn’s Hallmark, The Medicine Shoppe, Jackson’s Drug, Fred’s, Cloud Nine, Carlisle Drug, For Heaven’s Sake bookstore, Piggly Wiggly, Russell Medical Center Gift Shop and Grace’s Flowers.