Beatrice Community Hospital was not expecting a New Year's Day baby this year, but a little boy decided to show up early and claim the spot.
Rhodes Lee Thatcher is the first Beatrice baby of the new year and the decade. He was born at 6:24 p.m. Wednesday, weighing 8 pounds, 5.9 ounces and 20 inches long.
Rhodes came as a surprise, and is the first baby of Dakota Scusa from Wilber and Vincent Thatcher from Crete.
Scusa said due to Rhodes' due date, Jan. 7, she joked about having a New Year's baby throughout her pregnancy.
"Then it just kind of happened that morning," Scusa said.
Scusa said they named the baby Rhodes simply because they liked the name, but that his middle name is the same as his great grandpa's, who recently passed away.
The parents described the pregnancy as good and surprisingly smooth.
To help welcome Rhodes into the world, two BCH labor and delivery nurses gave him a basket of books, a blanket and other baby essentials on Thursday.
As for future aspirations, Thatcher hopes Rhodes becomes a wrestling state champion like his father.
"But he doesn't have to be," Thatcher said. "If he likes basketball, awesome."
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