Jennifer Fortson's daughter Ellen
Marie Fortson was the first baby born at Navarro Regional
Hospital in 2004. Born Friday
morning, she weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces. Daily Sun photo/SCOTT
1/3/2004 NEW YEAR BUNDLE: Ellen Marie
Fortson welcomed as NRH's first baby of 2004
By RAYMOND LINEX II/Daily Sun Staff
Mom says "Ellie" is special, never mind her
claim to fame.
Twenty-two-year-old waitress Jennifer Fortson
of Corsicana gave birth to Ellen Marie Fortson at 6:23 Friday morning,
making the 5-pound, 7-ounce little girl the first child born at Navarro
Regional Hospital in the new year. An active child in the womb, her
birth came a few days before her due date, and a little quicker than mom
Jennifer worked at Bullfrog's New Year's Night
thinking her contractions were nothing but ordinary.
"We've always called her Ellie," Jennifer said.
"She has always moved; she was always sticking her feet out like she
"She's hardly cried. When she was born, she
opened her eyes and smiled. She's special."
Jennifer is the daughter of Tim Fortson and
Emily Fortson and a 1999 graduate of Corsicana High School. Earlier in
the week, her doctor told her to expect Ellie in about a week. The
first-time mother went to work despite what she figured were just false
labor pains two nights ago, worked her shift, then found herself on the
third floor of Navarro Regional in intense labor by 11 that night.
Ellie had a shot at being a New Year's Day
"At first, when we thought she was coming, my
mom said she might come (Jan. 1)," she said. "I said, 'I hope she's OK
with being a baby born on New Year's Day.' "
Jennifer said the pregnancy and birth were
relatively burden free. She didn't even worry about going to work,
because she knew if something were to happen, the people at Bullfrog's
would take care of her.
She may not be expecting a burden free life for
Ellie, but she thinks things are off to a good start.
"I was always real happy when I was pregnant,"
Jennifer said. "I never had morning sickness or anything; I felt good
the whole time. ...
"I just want her to be happy. She already looks