(WKTV) - It was a slow day for local maternity wards on Christmas, but one baby in Rome decided to be the ultimate present for her parents.
At 3:46 p.m. Christmas day, baby Victoria Jo was born. The Christmas baby, whose original due date was Jan. 11, decided to surprise her family a few weeks early on her mother's favorite holiday.
What started as a normal Christmas morning baking cookies at home and preparing for a holiday feast quickly turned into a day this family will never forget.
At six pounds 12 ounces, baby Victoria was the only Christmas baby reported in the area this year.
While she did decide arrive a bit earlier than originally thought, this was certainly a pleasant alternative for all parties involved in her birth.
"I don't think you could ask for a better present on Christmas," said new dad Andrew Schuler.
And the staff at Rome Memorial Hospital was pretty excited, too.
"It's just an honor to be a part of that memory for that family," said Sarah Glouse, a registered nurse in the maternity ward at Rome Memorial Hospital.
Baby Victoria was born without complications and is healthy. She has been doing what we all love to on the holidays -- napping.