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Noah is Vicksburg’s first baby born this year and this decade

His due date wasn’t until much later in January, but baby Noah decided he wanted everyone to remember his birthday.

Noah, who was due to arrive on January 20, arrived New Year’s Day at 9:48 a.m., becoming not only the first baby born in Vicksburg in 2020 but the first baby born in Vicksburg this decade.

“I was not expecting this,” his mom, Heather, said as the family gathered in her room at Merit Health River Region.

This is Heather’s second child and the first for Noah’s father, Brandon.

“I felt a little light-headed after he was born,” Brandon said, but watching the new father hold his son, it was evident the light-headedness had passed. There was only calm and serenity as he gazed at his son.

Heather said she and Brandon had not made any special plans for New Year’s Eve which was fortunate since Heather started experiencing labor pains early the next morning.

After her water broke, the couple headed to the hospital at 7:30 a.m.

Brandon said he was a little “freaked out,” since they weren’t expecting Noah to arrive so soon, but all went well.

More than two hours later, Noah was born.

Weighing in at 5 pounds 13 ounces, and measuring 18 inches long, Noah is a little guy but was making a big impact on his cousin, Landyn.

“I enjoyed holding him,” Landyn said.

Clinton, Noah’s grandfather, said Noah had missed his birthday by just a day.

“He could have waited 24 hours,” Clint laughed, with grandmother Missy adding, “Noah just wanted a very special birthday.”

Attending physician for Heather was Dr. Tom Weeks.

Asked if Noah’s birth had interrupted any of his New Year’s Day plans, one of the labor and delivery staff nurses, who had come by to see little Noah before he went home, said if he did he wasn’t held up long.

Although Heather said she did not have a chance to eat the traditional meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage for the New Year, it was obvious the young couple had already had a bit of good luck.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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