Topeka welcomes first baby of 2019


Topeka’s first baby of the new year was born at The University of Kansas Health Center St. Francis Campus, the hospital announced Tuesday.

Chantel Emerson arrived here at the hospital Monday expecting to give birth right before the new year.

But after 11 hours in labor, she would have to wait until 2019 to meet her new bundle of joy.

A little before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Tru Emerson was delivered via c-section, making him the first Topeka baby born in 2019.

His mom said she and her coworkers all made guesses about when they thought tru would be born, but she had a feeling he would arrive on the first of the year.

“We were taking bets at work and everybody was like okay, the 28th, the 31st, and I’m like no, he’s coming on Tuesday because he’s been dramatic this whole pregnancy, so he’s going to be dramatic, and he was,” said Chantel.

Afterwards, the Emerson family celebrated the new year and Tru’s birthday with some sparkling grape juice.

The Emersons are no strangers to New Year’s Day births.

Chantel’s two sisters were also born on January 1st.

Congratulations to baby Tru Emerson for ringing in the new year in style.

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