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Magnolia Berube welcomed in as Aiken’s first baby of 2017

January 3, 2017 GMT

Magnolia Jean Berube arrived right on time, but a little sooner than her parents expected.

The CSRA’s first baby of 2017 was born at 1:28 a.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Sunday, which was New Year’s Day.

Her due date was Jan. 1.

“We thought for sure that it would be later than that, but I started going into labor at around 5 p.m. on Saturday,” said Magnolia’s mother, Katie Berube. “We were going to go to a friend’s house in our neighborhood for New Year’s Eve, but we changed our plans and stayed in. My water broke at about 11 p.m., and then we came to the hospital.”

Katie is the sponsorship sales and premium seating manager for the Augusta Entertainment Complex. Magnolia’s father, Chris, is an engineer who works at the Savannah River Site.

“I woke up early and went deer hunting Saturday,” Chris said. “When I came home, Katie was sitting on the couch and was making kind of a ‘frowny’ face, and I thought, ‘Oh no, it’s time.’”

Magnolia is Katie and Chris’ third child and their first daughter, and Katie is looking forward to having some female company in her male-dominated household.

“I’m excited about having a little girl,” she said.

The couple’s sons are Colton, 6, and Wyatt, who will celebrate his 10th birthday on Jan. 7. The family also has two male dogs – a Great Dane named Finn and a Weimaraner named Hunter.

“Colton was supposed to be our last child,” Chris said. “Magnolia was a surprise. She wasn’t planned.”

Wyatt was relieved that Magnolia wasn’t born on his birthday.

“I was fine with sharing it with her, but I didn’t want the cake to be all pink with princesses on it,” he said. “It will be weird to have a girl in our house.”

The Berubes moved from Connecticut to Aiken in 2014.

“We’ve fallen in love with Southern things,” said Katie when asked about the inspiration for Magnolia’s name.

Added Chris: “She is our first Southern baby.”

Magnolia’s birth weight was 7 pounds, 2 ounces.