Couple welcomes first Kilgore kiddo of 2018


The latest batch of East Texans weren’t in any particular rush to make their entrance on New Year’s Day, with a Tyler hospital announcing the first birth of 2018 about 10:45 a.m. Monday.

There were other debuts in the following hours across the area, but it wasn’t until lunchtime Tuesday – as far as the News Herald’s been able to determine – that a new Kilgore resident took his bow in the New Year.

Logan Gene Davis weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 inches long when he entered the world at 12:13 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 2, at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

“He’s healthy. We’re home now,” mom Gina Helm said Friday.

The boy was scheduled for a Caesarean section delivery Jan. 10, but the impatient infant came early.

“Having a boy, it’s totally different. Other than that, it went pretty good,” Helm said, welcoming Logan alongside dad Timothy Davis and big sister Kenzie.

The 6-year-old wasn’t initially thrilled about the idea of the new arrival.

“She did not want a brother. She did not want the baby to come,” Helm laughed, but her daughter’s outlook took a 180-degree turn at the hospital, seldom leaving mom’s side and keeping a close eye on Logan once he arrived. “Now, she does not want to leave him. We were all shocked about it.”


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