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First Born
Mother gives birth to first Newton baby of 2008

COVINGTON - Less than 12 hours after he came into the world, little Franklin Robert Davis was sleeping peacefully in his mother's arms.

A camera flash caused him to crinkle his nose and scrunch his forehead for a moment, but his eyes remained closed.

"We're just relieved that he's here," said grandmother Gail Kendricks.

Franklin arrived at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, making him the first baby of the New Year delivered at Newton Medical Center.

He weighs 6 pounds, 5 ounces and is 19 inches long.

It was a quick and easy delivery, according to his mother, Erin Davis.

With the baby pressing down on Davis' pelvic bone, her doctor decided to induce labor 18 days before the due date.

Davis went into labor at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and gave birth just 29 minutes later, with grandma in the delivery room.

"It was amazing. I don't know how to explain it. It was really nice to be on this side of it," said Kendricks, who has three daughters.

One of those daughter's, Davis' 13-year-old sister, shares a birthday with her new nephew.

Davis isn't yet sure what she'll call her firstborn child, named after her late father and her boyfriend's father, but is considering shortening either his first or middle name.

She'll take her son home to Kendricks' Conyers residence on Saturday.

"I hope that he's happy, healthy and wise and stays that way," Kendricks said of her wishes for her first grandchild.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum @newtoncitizen.com.