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Andrew and Julie Hubbard hold Lawson Andrew.

Andrew and Julie Hubbard are familiar with the first baby of the New Year tradition. Their daughter Lola was born on Dec. 31, 2008, but when Lawson Andrew Hubbard was born at 9:06 a.m. on January 1, 2018, his arrival was still a bit of a surprise.

Like his big sister, who almost shares his birthday, Lawson arrived ahead of his due date.

“Lola was due on January 26, and my due date for Lawson was January 21,” Julie Hubbard said.

Lawson’s arrival as the first baby of the New Year at Mercy Hospital Jefferson brought a pile of presents and a case of newborn diapers donated by the hospital, nurses and physicians in the new Mother Baby Unit.

“You never can have enough diapers,” Julie said with authority. Lawson joins the family as the youngest of six children. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long

In addition to 9-year-old Lola, he has two other sisters, Madison, who is 9, and Layla, who is 2. Big brother Nathan is 7, and Lane is 5.

“Layla doesn’t know what to think about him, but the others are pretty used to it by now. They are all really excited,” Julie said.

Because of his early arrival, their house in De Soto is still in need of a couple of tweaks before his room is ready.

“We had planned to finish up the shopping this coming weekend,” Julie said.

Andrew is a teacher and coach in the Hillsboro School District. Julie works as a legal assistant with a law firm in St. Louis. Also welcoming the newest member of the family are grandparents, Lisa and Bruce Hubbard of Hillsboro, John and Kendra Skaggs of Bonne Terre and Tom Mazurek of De Soto.


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