First baby of 2014 in Knoxville born minutes after midnight

First baby of 2014 in Knoxville born minutes after midnight

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Baby Harley, the first newborn of 2014 in Knoxville Baby Harley, the first newborn of 2014 in Knoxville
Gift package sent to the Voudren's in recognition of the first birth of the new year in Knoxville Gift package sent to the Voudren's in recognition of the first birth of the new year in Knoxville

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's a Happy New Year's Day for one couple who welcomed the first Knoxville newborn in 2014.  

At 12:02 a.m. at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Jonna and Chad Voudren of Kodak welcomed a healthy 7 lb. 9.8 oz. newborn girl into this world.  

The couple named the girl Harley, but not after the motorcycle.  

"Everyone else thinks it's after Harley Davidson or their dog is named Harley, but we're breaking the trend," said Jonna Voudren .  

The baby girl was first due on December 21st, and on Christmas, but Harley decided to wait until New Year's Day.  

Jonna was in labor for more than 28 hours, but delivered a perfectly healthy baby girl 10 days after the original due date.  

"On my last contraction, I pushed as hard as I could, and they said "You did it, you had the first New Year's baby, I'm like I'm happy all you are happy, I just wanted her out of me. I had no idea what a big deal it was," Voudren .  

Harley is the couple's first child, and the first chance for Chad Voudren to be a father.  

"I'm a family man now, I'm raising a baby and taking care of a beautiful woman," said Chad Voudren.   Voudren is a retired a navy seal, and his brother is an active seal.  

Baby Harley wore a pink Navy Seal sweatshirt as her mother held her in the hospital room.  

"She's going to be the next female Navy Seal, now that they're talking about letting female seals in," Voudren exclaimed.  

Harley's middle name is Denise, which is named in honor of Jonna's mother who passed away five and a half months into Jonna's pregnancy.

Baby Harley isn't the first holiday birth in the family.  

Jonna Voudren says she was born on St. Patrick's Day and says her grandmother was born on April Fool's Day, along with a nephew born on Halloween.

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