Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center staff are proudly laying claim to having the first baby born in the Killeen area for 2018.

Demetrius Young Jr. was born at 2:29 a.m. on New Year’s Day, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces. His proud parents are Demetrius Young Sr. and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Crystal Young of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade.

“I did not think he was coming today,” Crystal said. The baby’s due date was Jan. 8.

Demetrius Sr. had some concerns after calling 9-1-1 overnight. The icy road conditions on New Year’s Eve could have presented difficulties, but everyone made it safely to the hospital.

New Year’s Day afternoon, Col. David Gibson, commander of Darnall, and Command Master Sgt. Gary Williams visited the family, presenting a gift bag filled with useful items for the new addition.

More gifts were brought to the family by members of Grace Christian Center in Killeen — a large basket full.

“We’re been doing this for four years,” said pastor Teresa Price. Church members donate everything from diapers and clothes to blankets and shampoo for the first boy and girl babies at each of the local hospitals.

“All the things you don’t think about until you get home,” Price added.

Demetrius Sr. chuckled at the mention of diapers. “Changing diapers is not on my schedule.”

Big sister Alexandria, 10, will be sure to find time in her schedule to show her baby brother lots of love in the days ahead. “She’s excited to meet him,” Crystal said.

“He’s our big bundle of joy,” Demetrius Sr. said. | 254-501-7568

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