There were a lot of firsts for Landry Jake Miller Saturday. He was the first baby for parents Janell and Jason and he was also the first baby of the New Year here in Lubbock.
He was born at 9:35 a.m. Saturday morning at Covenant Hospital, but much to the surprise of his family he came just in time to be Lubbock's first baby in 2005.
"We were really surprised. We knew pretty quick he was the first one in this hospital, but it was about an hour later before we found out he was the first one in Lubbock," says Marsha Pronger, Landry's Maternal Grandmother.
Jason and Janell usually bring the New Year in with friends and family but this year only one of them was awake when the ball dropped.
"They put me to sleep at 10:30 p.m. so I didn't get to see the New Year come in last night. My husband did, he was still awake but I was asleep way before then," says Janell.
Rest was what the doctor ordered since Landry was expected to arrive on January 1, but it was his timing that caught the family off guard.
"I didn't think we would get to be the first ones. We just kind of hoped we would," says Janell.
His arrival brought along another surprise the family had been hoping for.
"I was excited he has red hair," says Janell.
"He had red hair. That's what we wanted," says Patsy Miller, Landry's Paternal Grandmother.
Besides being Lubbock's first baby for 2005, Landry has experienced other firsts today. His first toy, a football, is part of the reason for his name.
"My husband is a Cowboys fan so he's named after Tom Landry," says Janell.
After spending some time with Landry, mom has another goal she would like to achieve.
"Right now all I want to do is take a nap," says Janell.
That is something that baby Landry hasn't had any trouble with all day.