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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 8:20 am

Laney Belle Ross entered the world with a bang — literally, according to her mother, as fireworks exploded into the air in the vicinity of Peterson Health’s Baby Place in the wee hours of New Year’s Day.

Born at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday to loving parents Dakota and Janelle Ross, Laney, the first baby of the New Year born in the Peterson Health complex, was born at 39 weeks gestation, weighing 7 pounds, 9.6 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length.

She is the third child in the family, and was greeted by older brother Cohen Ross, who will be 3 in February, and older sister Saylor, who turns 2 later this month.

Janelle said while her due date was Jan. 6, she was induced early in hopes that the baby would be born Monday, as the couple had family in town from Sunday to Monday to watch their two toddlers.

Instead, Laney made her grand entrance after midnight on New Year’s Day rather than New Year’s Eve as originally intended.

According to her mother, it was her easiest labor and delivery and, from a medical standpoint, everything went smoothly.

“Laney is very calm, she’s hungry (and) she’s beautiful,” said Janelle Ross. “She’s our angel.”

She added that when her older children met the new baby, Cohen Ross looked at Laney, kissed her on the face and then moved onto another activity — and that her older daughter Saylor touched the baby’s face and seemed intrigued.

Frances Craig, the great-great-aunt of the newborn, told The Kerrville Daily Times that she is excited to meet the new baby and is very happy for the family.

“All my great-great-nieces and nephews, they’re all just as cute as they can be, each and every one of them,” Craig — whose own birthday is Christmas Eve — said.

Mother and child were both discharged from the hospital around noon Wednesday.

“When we get home, we’re going to snuggle, I’m going to let (the older children) get used to her and used to being a big brother again and a big sister,” Janelle Ross said. “They’re going to have to learn each other, and I’m excited to see them mingle and hang out.”

She added that it’s nice having children so close in age because they’ve never had the opportunity to become jealous or anxious about the new baby.

“I think the nicest thing about having New Year’s Day for a birthday is that every year, there will always be fireworks on her birthday, and she’ll think they’re for her,” Janelle Ross said.

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