The first baby born in Salem in 2023 is surrounded by love. Just ask her two parents and five siblings.
Natalie Hope Bean was born at 12:03 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, to Anne and Scott Bean at the Salem Health Family Birth Center, according to a Salem Health news release.
The hospital reported she weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and may have been one of the first babies born in Oregon in the new year — if not the first.
One thing is for sure: Natalie was an immediate hit with her four sisters, Mackenzie, Caitlyn, Josie and Lauren, and her brother Daniel.
“They all got to hold her,” mom Anne said in the news release. “Then the arguing began on who could hold her again! We all fell in love.”
In images provided by the hospital and taken by Anne’s father, professional photographer Chris MacAskill, the newborn is pictured in the arms of her smiling parents. Another photo shows big brother Daniel kissing his baby sister on the forehead.
Daniel reportedly was surprised but happy for another girl in the family.
“My younger sisters love to ruffle my hair, and I bet Natalie will, too,” he said in the release.
The Beans’ oldest daughter, 15-year-old Mackenzie, was in the delivery room with her father and grandfather.
“I’m so proud of her; she had tears of joy in her eyes,” Anne said.
The family reported Natalie has lots of beautiful dark hair, joining siblings with blond, brown and red hair, and that she already has made herself heard.
“She has a set of lungs that will be very useful in a big family,” Anne said.
Mom homeschools the children, and dad is a family practice physician in West Salem. He took over the clinic nine years ago from the physician who was his childhood doctor, according to the release.
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