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Babies represent promise of future

We’d like to welcome Landry Jo Harper — the first baby of 2014 in Denton — and all the other new arrivals who are helping provide their parents and families with glad tidings for a new year.

Area hospitals are always the focus of much attention as the old year draws to a close and the minutes begin to tick down to midnight on Dec. 31. Anxious expectant couples wait and watch the clock, wondering if their child will be the first arrival on Jan. 1.

Landry Jo was born at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton to parents Justin and Jessica Harper. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

She arrived after a busy New Year’s Eve at the hospital — 15 babies were born before midnight, hospital officials said. Landry was the first of three babies born on New Year’s Day, and she arrived two days after her expected due date.

The staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton prepared gift baskets for the first girl and boy of the new year. Pink and white bows decorated the white laundry basket given to the Harpers, and inside were celebratory blow horns, baby clothing, layettes, bibs, diapers, wipes, items for mom and a congratulatory note.

Nearly an hour after Landry’s arrival, Denton Regional Medical Center welcomed its first 2014 newborn, also a baby girl.

Rozalyn Gabrielle Jackson was born at 7:44 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 18 1/2 inches, to Jamie Prescott and Patrick Jackson, Prescott said Thursday.

According to a Denton Regional Medical Center official, three newborns made their arrival there Wednesday, and the first baby of the new year was also welcomed with a celebratory gift basket.

Such fanfare is traditional for first babies, of course, but there are no losers in this race. Every new arrival is cause for celebration, and the timing of the birth doesn’t matter.

All it takes is one glance at a new father or mother to confirm the wonder of it all — gift baskets are strictly optional.

Not every baby born in Denton County will live here, of course, but we believe that those who do will find their new home is a fine place to grow up, attend school and eventually start families of their own. Our area is rich in opportunity and promise, and as the North Texas economy continues to expand, the future looks bright.

The growth in 2013 in Denton County has led to a veritable building boom for 2014, as area cities plan infrastructure improvements, road projects take shape and new businesses plan to join the mix. This is an exciting place to be.

So welcome, new arrivals of 2014 — we’re glad to have you with us, and we are confident that you will accomplish great things during your lifetimes.

You represent the true promise of tomorrow.