We don't know if this young lady born at Hannibal Regional will grow up to be a track star, but we do know that she won the race to be first Saturday.

Officials with Hannibal Regional announced Monday that baby Evren, the daughter of Amber Larenson and Jordan Penrose, was the first baby born at Hannibal Regional in 2022, coming into the world at 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

Evren's due date was January 2, so Amber and Jordan knew having the New Year's Baby was a possibility. Then, the doctors set January 1 as Amber's induction. Jordan was sure his new daughter would be first. But, with several other moms' due dates hitting around the same time, Amber was not quite as sure.

But, in the end, Evren was indeed Hannibal Regional's New Year's Baby, which means gift baskets full of items and a $2,000 scholarship to Hannibal-LaGrange University.

According to Diane Bibb, DNP, Director of Women's Care, "It's always an exciting time around the new year to see which baby comes first. This is (Amber and Jordan's) first child, so that makes it even more special for them. We are all so happy for their new family."

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