Jashard Lakel Searcy was the first New Year’s baby born at a Macon hospital.
This “great bundle of joy,” as his mother, Chartese Wallace of Macon, described him, was born at 12:20 a.m. Friday at the Coliseum Medical Centers.
The infant, who often smiled as he slept in his mother’s arms, weighed in at 6 pounds and 12 ounces. He’s 17 1/2 inches long.
“I’m just so excited,” said Wallace, a Food Lion cashier with hopes of going back to school and becoming a registered nurse. “I prayed and prayed that he would be a handsome, healthy little boy. He’s like a miracle from God that he blessed me with.”
Unlike his 3-year-old brother, Justin Lamon Searcy Jr., who cried and cried at the top of his lungs, Jashard has been a quiet baby, said the 25-year-old Wallace. His hair is full of curls, while his brother’s hair was just as slick as it could be when he was born, she added.
Both look like their father, Justin Searcy, 25, who works on the production/assembly line at Perdue Farms, she said.
Justin Searcy said his aspirations for their newborn son are for him “just to be successful in whatever he decides to do.”
Wallace expressed similar sentiments: “To follow his goals and not let anything get in his way ... striving to be the best he can be in whatever he chooses to be.”
Both were excited that Jashard was the first baby of the new year born at a Macon hospital. His paternal grandmother, Bernice Searcy, wondered if it meant that her new grandson would grow up to be a leader.
Wallace chimed in, “A leader and a not a follower — that’s what I hope.”
Bernice Searcy, and her husband, Curtis, drove from Thomaston on Friday morning to greet the new arrival.
Although they weren’t at the hospital when the baby was born, both were wide awake and there in spirit, Curtis Searcy noted.
Wallace’s parents, Qwen and Terrell Wallace, who live nearby in Macon, arrived shortly after the baby’s birth. But Wallace’s grandmother, Savonia Cars-well, was the first family member to arrive after the birth.
Carswell left the watch night service at Wallace’s church, Unionville Baptist Church, as soon as she finished singing in the choir and headed to the hospital, Wallace said.
Justin Searcy rushed Wallace, who was experiencing labor pains, to the hospital, arriving just before 10 p.m. Thusday.
Wallace went into the delivery room about 11 p.m., her doctor arrived a midnight and Jashard arrived 20 minutes later Friday morning by Caesarean section.
His older brother cried when he had to go home from the hospital without him, Wallace said.
He didn’t understand why the new baby couldn’t come home right then, Wallace said.
“He’s excited” about having a brother, she said.
Justin Searcy added: “He’s ready to take on the role as a big brother.”
Wallace’s first due date was Dec. 29 and her second was Jan. 2.
Her doctor planned to induce labor by Jan. 5, Wallace said.
But Wallace said she had a feeling she was going to have a New Year’s Day baby. Many of her friends and family, especially her grandmother, predicted it.
“I’m very excited that he’s the first baby of the New Year,” Wallace said.