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January 5, 2014

Limestone's first 2014 baby arrives Jan. 2

While America was waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Amber and Nicholas Malone of Elkmont were waiting for their baby to drop.

The little bundle — Kden Gregory Leam Malone — finally arrived at 5:23 p.m. Jan. 2, the first baby born in 2014 in Limestone County, according to Athens-Limestone Hospital. The handsome cuss came with an enviable head of sandy brown hair his father sported as a newborn and the cleft chin his grandfather bears.

Kden weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.

On Dec. 31, a hospital spokeswoman had told The News Courier there were five women ready to have babies at Athens-Limestone Hospital and, surely, one of those infants would arrive on New Year’s Day. It was not to be.

Kden — who was not due until Jan. 11 — came Thursday for the win instead. The hospital congratulated the couple and Kden with a basket of goodies that included onesies, a monkey security blanket, baby powder and other items.

The Malones beamed Friday afternoon as they showed off their little man. Uncle Justin, Uncle Jake and Aunt Maribel were there, too.

Kden had planned to wear his “Cute-a-saurus” dinosaur T-shirt for his New Year’s baby newspaper photo shoot, but he accidentally barfed on it. So, he opted for the monkey-in-a-car ensemble. The outfit came with a matching pair of monkey shorts, but Kden was too sore after circumcision Friday morning to fool with that.  Anyway, he slept right through the press conference. 

“We hope to have another baby,” Amber said, pausing. “In a couple of years.”

For now, they will cherish Kden along with grandparents Malissa Sain of Decatur, Greg and Robin Malone of Athens, and Tammy and David Turner of Elkmont; and great-grandparents Tony and Patsy Sain of Cullman, who raised Amber.

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