By Greg Gelpi
Jeff Giffen carried his 19-month-old daughter Avery down the hospital hallway as she called out, "Baby. Hi, baby."
Avery Giffen greeted her new brother, Aiden, the first baby born in Clayton County in 2005.
Aiden, the son of Jeff and Ashley Giffen of Newnan, was born at Southern Regional Medical Center at 5:08 a.m. Saturday, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.
"We're really excited," Jeff Giffen, 30, a structural engineer, said. "We were really hoping for a New Year's baby."
Being the first baby born of the year is "just a neat thing to tell him when he gets older" and to write in his baby book, he said.
Ashley Giffen, 30, a homemaker, started having contractions on the morning of New Year's Eve and rushed to Southern Regional, but was sent back home, since the birth was still hours away.
"We thought 'Yeah, we do have a chance for this,'" Jeff Giffen said when the family returned early New Year's morning.
He said that it's an "experience to see what you created" being born.
"You really can't describe the feeling," his wife said, adding that her first thought at seeing him was "how beautiful he is."
They chose the name Aiden in keeping with the Giffen family tradition of naming siblings using the same first letter, and Aiden just sounded good with the last name, Jeff Giffen said.
"He looks just like our daughter did when she was born," Ashley Giffen said, attributing Aiden's nose and dimples to his father and taking credit for his lips.
It's an amazing feeling seeing someone who looks like you do, Jeff Giffen said.
"Now you just have to worry about raising him, getting him to eat," Jeff Giffen said smiling.
Southern Regional Medical Center births more than 5,000 babies each year.