River Tibbetts was projected to be a Christmas baby.
He wasn't born on Dec. 25, but River earned a different distinction when he arrived earlier this week.
Born on Jan. 2 at 10:54 a.m., he was the first baby born in Warren County in 2017. He was delivered at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital by Dr. Dawnmarie Riley.
"He was supposed to come on Christmas. That was my original due date," said mother Ala Edwards.
River was a healthy 7 pounds, 1 ounce at birth and was 19.5 inches long. Edwards said the childbirth couldn't have gone any smoother.
"Three pushes and he was out," she said.
Edward had gone to the hospital the night before at around 10 p.m. The next morning she received the labor-inducing drug pitocin at 9:30 a.m. and River was born about 90 minutes later.
Dr. Riley says child birth is always a joy.
"I was very fortunate to deliver the first baby of the new year at River Park," said Dr. Riley. "It is always a joyous occasion bringing new life into the world. No matter the date, it is the part of my job I love the most."
River is the second son for Edwards. He joins 1-year-old brother Dallas.