Tyler and Jessica Rhodes welcomed the newest addition to their family, Ryker Landon Rhodes, on Jan. 2. | Robert Hudson
Tyler and Jessica Rhodes welcomed the newest addition to their family, Ryker Landon Rhodes, on Jan. 2. | Robert Hudson

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Russell Medical Center welcomes first baby of 2014

Published 6:58pm Friday, January 3, 2014

Alexander City recently welcomed the first baby of 2014.

Ryker Landon Rhodes was born Jan. 2 at 7:23 a.m. and was 19.5 inches long, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Tyler Rhodes, Ryker’s father, said it soon became clear he and his wife Jessica were going to be getting their special gift after Christmas.

“I was kind of thinking it was going to happen any day now,” Tyler said. “It was any time, but I wasn’t expecting what happened to happen. I’m just happy he’s here and healthy.”

Jessica said she knew that Ryker was going to be born soon after a busy week.

“There were complications, so we were in and out of the hospital all week,” Jessica said. “We got rushed in for an emergency C-Section at 7 a.m.”

After only one hour of labor, baby Ryker was born, with dad seeing him first and mom seeing him a couple hours later.

“I’m relieved and glad not to be pregnant anymore,” Jessica laughed. “I’m just glad he’s finally here for me to love on.”

Ryker is the Rhodes’ second child, and now has a brother in 8-year-old Tucker Rhodes.

Jessica said Ryker is a miracle fit for the season.

“He really was a miracle baby because the cord wrapped around his neck four times,” Jessica said. “That’s why I was rushed in for an emergency C-Section.”

As the family of the first baby of the New Year at Russell Medical Center, the Rhodes received a gift basket from the hospital with donations by Cloud Nine, Cotney Jewelry, For Heaven’s Sake Christian Book Store, Grace’s Flowers, Little Black Dress, Wickle’ Pickles, Jackson’s Drugs, Lynn’s Hallmark, Russell Medical Center, Carlisle Drug, Russell Medical Center Auxiliary, Russell Medical Center Gift Shop, The Medicine Shoppe and Winn-Dixie.

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