First baby of 2017: New year brings baby girl

Bartholomew County’s first baby of 2017 arrived just about three hours into the new year.

Emmalynn Marie Bruner arrived at 3:12 a.m. Sunday at Columbus Regional Hospital, daughter of Georgie Bruner, Columbus.

Weighing in at 8 pounds, she was resting in her mother’s arms on Sunday surrounded by family.

Emmalynn will join three siblings, all brothers, her mother said. They are Levi, 6, Kaleb, 5, and Hunter, 3.

The boys had not been to the hospital yet on Sunday to meet their new sibling, but their mother said they were looking forward to having a baby sister. However, she said she’s unsure how Hunter will react to no longer being the baby in the family.

Georgie Bruner, who has worked in food service at Columbus Regional Hospital for two years, said her actual due date was Jan. 2, and she had heard from friends that she could be having the first baby of 2017.

“I told them a lot of people are lucky that way, but I don’t have that kind of luck,” she said. “But apparently I do.”

She went into labor at about 12:30 to 1 a.m. on Sunday and arrived at the hospital at about 1:45 a.m., she said. Emmalynn Marie was born at 3:12 a.m., making it a whirlwind of a delivery, she said.

“It’s my first girl,” she said as she held Emmalynn on her hospital bed, who said she did know it was going to be a girl before going into labor.

But that didn’t stop her from questioning those in the delivery room to confirm that the baby was a girl.

“I asked, are you sure she has all the girl parts?” Georgie Bruner said, as her family laughed.

After they reassured her that Emmalynn was indeed a girl, the newborn made her debut in a dress, a bright pink sweater and matching pink socks and accessorized with a pink bow in her hair.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.