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Welcome To The World: First babies of 2022 born in Hampton Roads have arrived

Downey and Walston look forward to their new chapter of parenthood, especially when it comes to watching their son grow and teaching him.

SUFFOLK, Va. — A new year has arrived, and so has a sweet baby boy for Hannah Downey and her boyfriend, Matthew Walston. 

Brixton Walston, their first child, was born at 12:25 a.m. today at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk. He weighs 7 pounds, 7 ounces. 

Brixton was the first reported New Years Baby for 2022 across Hampton Roads, according to Sentara Healthcare. 

"I was pretty shocked because of how well it went (pregnancy and delivery,)" Downey said in a phone interview.  "They did the skin-to-skin and they put him on my chest and I started crying... it was so sweet, it was a perfect moment." 

She said that the birth was caught on video and she can't stop watching it. While 13News Now spoke with her, her boyfriend was changing Brixton's diaper for the second time ever in the background. 

Downey and Walston look forward to their new chapter of parenthood, especially when it comes to watching their son grow and teaching him.

"It's super weird but super exciting at the same time," Downey said. 

As Brixton gets older, they hope to instill a very important lesson with him that he will carry through his lifetime. 

"Just treat everyone with respect and treat everyone like equals," Downey said. "That is something that isn't very common these days. Love everyone."

About an hour and a half after Brixton entered the world, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center said they welcomed their first baby of 2022.

His name is Macoy John Plageman, and he arrived at 1:53 a.m.  Macoy weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. He is the first baby born to new parents, Katie and John Plageman, of Suffolk, Va.

Credit: Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Macoy John Plageman, son of Katie and John Plageman of Suffolk, arrived at 1:53 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2022 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center’s BirthPlace.


And then, shortly after Macoy entered the world, the first baby of the year to be born at Riverside Regional Medical Center arrived at 3:13 a.m. He is Baby Boy Jude, checking in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

Credit: Riverside Regional Medical Center
Baby Boy Jude


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