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Meet Guelph's New Year's baby for 2018

Jax Thomas Doyle is Guelph General Hospital's first baby of 2018
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Jax Doyle and parents Mallory and Paul at Guelph General Hospital Jan. 1, 2018. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Welcome to the world Jax Thomas Doyle.

Jax, weighing in at 8 pounds, arrived at Guelph General Hospital at 7:51 a.m. on New Year's Day, the first baby of several delivered that day at in the hospital's family birthing unit.

He is the first child for Mallory and Paul Doyle.

Both Jax, sporting perfect features and a shock of jet black hair, and his mom were doing fine after their busy morning.

"He's been sleeping a lot. I hope that's a sign of things to come," said Mallory. "Knock on wood."

Jax was scheduled to arrive on Jan. 6, but after a difficult pregnancy that included lots of illness, Mallory was induced at Guelph General around 7:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve and sent home to wait for labour to start. That came about 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.

"There were a few swear words," joked Paul, as the couple had both fallen asleep.

But all the trials and tribulations were well worth it after Jax was delivered by Dr. Ben Ayanbadejo.

"I bet we've only slept an hour in the last 30 hours but it's all a blur now," Paul said.

Mallory works at Pioneer Insurance in Kitchener. Paul is a manager at Domenic's No Frills in Guelph's south end. The couple met at the Fergus Truck Show six years ago and have been married for 14 months.

"It was a difficult pregnancy but that's all gone when you get to hold him," the glowing mom said.

The couple didn't know if they were having a boy or a girl, preferring to wait out the surprise. Jax was a name they had picked out a couple of years ago because they liked it. Thomas is the name of Paul's father.