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New year, new baby: First baby of 2019 arrives in Henry County

GTNS photo by Grace King

The first baby of 2019 born in Henry County was born on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6:43 a.m. (Left to right) Tyler McCain, Joey McCain, Jeremiah McCain, Jackie G McCain and Geleen Bongato share a special moment as a new family of five at Henry County Health Center.
GTNS photo by Grace King The first baby of 2019 born in Henry County was born on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6:43 a.m. (Left to right) Tyler McCain, Joey McCain, Jeremiah McCain, Jackie G McCain and Geleen Bongato share a special moment as a new family of five at Henry County Health Center.
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The first baby of 2019 was born at Henry County Health Center to Tyler McCain and Geleen Bongato, of Fairfield.

Jackie G McCain was born on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6:43 a.m., surprising her parents with her quick arrival, and making a family of four a family of five.

At birth, Jackie weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and was 17.5 inches long.

Jackie is welcomed home by her brothers, eight-year-old Jeremiah McCain and almost-two-year-old Joey McCain.

“This is the moment I realize we have a big family,” Tyler said with a smile.

Tyler and Bongato named their daughter Jackie because it was the only name that “struck” them and they wanted to continue the tradition of naming their children names that begin with the letter “J,” Bongato said.

The birth was intense, Bongato said. She started contractions on Jan. 3 at 3 a.m. and arrived at the hospital at 5:20 a.m., giving birth an hour and a half later.

Bongato said her first two children arrived very quickly as well, and she was advised by her doctor to get to the hospital as soon as possible once she started contractions.

“It’s a 20-minute drive from Fairfield, and on the way there I wasn’t sure we were going to make it,” Tyler said.

Tyler said he and Bongato are “under the radar” people. Having the New Year’s baby is “pretty unique,” he said.

When Bongato called her family in California, they were shocked that a baby born on Jan. 3, was still the first baby of the New Year.

“To still be the first baby of the year is so exciting. We have a good story, and I think my labor is a good story to begin with,” Bongato said.

The couple are also excited that Jackie is their first daughter.

“They say girls help soften guys. I think it will be good for me,” Tyler said, adding he is thrilled to have a “daddy’s girl” because his two boys are “mama’s boys.”

While Jeremiah and Joey are enthusiastic about their little sister, Tyler and Bongato know it will be a big adjustment for Joey, who is now the middle child.

“We’re not sure how he’ll share his mom,” Tyler said about Joey, who the couple lovingly call their “little monster.”

Tyler and Bongato met in high school in California. They moved to Fairfield to attend Maharishi University.

Bongato is the assistant manager at Asian Pho Bistro in Fairfield.

Jackie’s grandparents include Gigi Bongato and James and Michelle McCain.

The first baby of the New Year received gifts from the Friends of Henry County Health Center, which included several items from the HCHC Gift Shop.