New Years baby 2018

New mother Rakeisha Tate of Hernando gave birth to the first baby born in 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Tate is joined by new son Ta’Corrian Tate and a car seat full of gifts given them from the hospital for having the first new baby of the new year.  

Bob Bakken|DTT

Little Ta’Corrian Tate had his eyes wide open Monday afternoon, taking in all of his newfound notoriety as the first baby born in the New Year at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.

The new son of Rakeisha Tate, age 17 of Hernando, will likely be hearing the tales from mother and family about how his arrival came within one-half hour of 2018 being officially welcomed in DeSoto County.

The tiny, 20-inch long Ta’Corrian, all six pounds, 13 ounces of him, made his entrance into the world at 12:28 a.m., 20 minutes ahead of the next baby born at the Southaven hospital.

It made for a busy delivery room on New Year’s Day, which saw as many as six new infants arrive before mid-afternoon.

“It’s great, I was pretty surprised that I was (the first),” Rakeisha said. “I really don’t remember too much because they had me on so much medicine, but then they told me his head was coming. That’s the only part I remember was them telling me that his head was coming.”

Rakeisha said she came to the hospital at about noon on New Year’s Eve and had about 9-10 hours of labor before the blessed event.

As the first baby born in 2018, Baptist-DeSoto showered Rakeisha and Ta’Corrian with special gifts, which included a car seat, car seat insert, diapers and wipes, a baby thermometer and teething toy, swaddle sack, a Pampers gift bag and collapsible lunch bag for mom.

But Rakeisha is sure her precious new addition is the best gift she has received.

“I love him,” Rakeisha said.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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