SWLA welcomes first babies to be born in 2013 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SWLA welcomes first babies to be born in 2013


The first baby to be born in Southwest Louisiana in the new year came just before 4 a.m. in Jeff Davis Parish.

Mylee Chuw weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces at the American Legion Hospital in Jennings.

But Women and Children's Hospital in Lake Charles has the bragging rights this year for welcoming the first baby of the new year in the Lake Area, born to Steve and Lorena Lively of Grand Lake.

"We knew that she wasn't going to go full term because she never does. But we didn't think it was going to be a New Year's baby," Steve said.

But it was. This little bundle of joy decided to start her journey out of the womb early Tuesday morning.

"My water broke at five this morning and we live out in Grand Lake so we had to pretty much step it up, get out of the house and get here," Lorena said.

Four hours later, Reagan Sophie Lively was born.

"Her due date was January 17. And the rest of my kids were born a couple of weeks early.  But I didn't know that she was going to be a New Years," Lorena said.

"She's precious. Number six and the caboose. She's the last one. This is the last one. It's just a blessing to start the new year," Steve said.

Not only is Reagan's birthday special, her name means a lot to her parents.

"During the Reagan administration, they (Lorena's family) got the rights to live here as permanent residents. And if it wouldn't have been for that, then I wouldn't have met my wife you know. So, that's the reason I chose Reagan," Steve said.

Starting a new year with a new life …

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