Archie Newman is the first IF baby of 2018

Father Steven Newmand and sister Niki pose with Archie Newman on Monday at Mountain View Hospital. Courtesy Newman family

Mountain View Hospital welcomed the first Idaho Falls baby of 2018 when Archie Newman was born at 7:59 a.m. Monday.

Julie Newman went into labor around 5 a.m., and made the trip from Driggs to Idaho Falls with husband, Steven Newman and their 6-year-old daughter, Niki .

Archie was born without complication, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. Archie had originally been expected to be born in 2017, but Julie chose to delay the pregnancy.

“I wanted him to be born in 2018, the Year of the Dog,” Julie said, referring to the Chinese zodiac.

Julie, who was also born in the Year of the Dog, said the baby would have been a rooster if he was born 8 hours sooner, and roosters do not get along well with dogs.

The family was not expecting the baby until Tuesday, however.

“I joked about it, like wouldn’t it be funny if I went into labor on the 31st,” Julie said.

Mountain View Hospital saw four births on New Year’s Day.

The hospital gave the family several gifts, a tradition for the first child born in a new year. The family received a baby monitor, blankets, diapers, pacifiers, bottles, a “Baby’s First” hand print kit, a plush toy and other gifts.

Niki was excited to hold the newest member of the family.

“I think he’s perfect,” she said.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.