SIOUX CITY | With a birth weight of 7 pounds and 7 ounces and an arrival time just before 7 a.m., the father of the first baby born in Sioux City in 2017 said it appears Greyson Gene Hartman is set for some luck.

The number seven is said to be lucky, and Brad Hartman said that could be true for his son. Regardless of whatever luck may transpire in days ahead, Hartman was pleased Greyson had his dimples and brown eyes, which was a point made by Jenni Hansen, who delivered the couple's baby.

"Very overwhelmed. It is something you won't forget," Hartman said.

Greyson napped casually while his parents recounted his notable arrival Sunday as a New Year's Day baby. Balloons and presents were in the hospital room Sunday afternoon.

The baby was born at Mercy Medical Center -- Sioux City. Typically most first babies of the year in Sioux City arrive at Unity Point Health -- St. Luke's. Mercy Registered Nurse Linda Bobier helped deliver Greyson, after the couple arrived about 6 p.m. Saturday. The labor lasted roughly 12 hours.

"We are very, very pleased to have the New Year's Baby this year. It is special," Bobier said.

Hansen, 24, and Hartman, 22, have been a couple for five years. Hansen works as a certified nurse assistant at Mercy, and Hartman is a welder. Hansen let Hartman know about the pregnancy by giving him a present of baby boy clothes with the color blue.

With a due date of Jan. 8, the couple arrived at the hospital about 6 p.m. Saturday.

"I knew we would have a baby in the first of the year, but it is kind of ironic to have the first one...All night long we were kind of saying, 'We could have the first one,'" Hansen said.

The labor lasted about 12 hours. Bobier noted Hartman had a great reaction, with high emotion.

"We especially like to see dads tear up... It is fun to see that," Bobier said.

Greyson was not only was the first baby for his parents, he also was the first grandchild for both the maternal and paternal sides of his family.

Hartman said Greyson isn't the first baby in his family with a Jan. 1 birthday. An uncle also shares the special birthday.

Hansen and Hartman were enjoying their new status as parents for a new year, when what happens in their daily life will be greatly changed.

"They will learn right along with the baby," Bobier said.


County and education reporter

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