LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The first day of every new year is always an exciting day at area hospitals as they wait to see who will have the first baby of the new year.
This year the first baby born was not only the first for the year 2010, but also a whole new decade.
For Brandy Jackson, her baby boy came like a New Year's day surprise.
"I was at home sleeping and then I started having mild contractions," says Jackson. "Then I came to the hospital."
It was at that moment Jackson knew her little one wasn't far away.
"The nurse told me to walk and she said I was going to have it at some point last night," says Jackson. "I wasn't due until the 5th, so it just kind of happened."
On Friday at 4:20 a.m., the first baby of the decade in Calcasieu Parish came into the world.
"His name is Corey Bryan Jackson," says Jackson. "It feels kind of funny because I didn't know it was going to be a New Year's baby."
Corey's middle name, "Bryan" holds significance as he was named after a dear friend of the family.
"We named him after Bryan, which was an officer that passed away last year in an accident," says Annette Jordan, Corey's grandmother. "The officer's name was Bryan Meche."
Jordan worked alongside Bryan Meche at the Iowa Police Department.
Kathy Reed, Bryan Meche's mother, is grateful her son's name will live on through Corey Bryan Jackson.
"This is what a happy new year is all about," says Reed. "It's about new beginnings. There's always a new beginning to every end."
This New Year's Day the two families saying hello to a new decade while at the same time welcoming a new member of the Jackson family.
Jackson was showered with gifts from the community for having the first baby of the new year.
She and her family would like to thank Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women along with everyone else in the community for their support.