Meet the first baby of 2018 in the Black Hills

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

One couple celebrated the new year with a little miracle. Meet William Chase Thomson, the first baby born in the Black Hills in 2018.

William was born at 1:09 a.m. on Jan. 1, weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces at 18 inches in length.

Williams’ parents, Chase Thomson and Ashley Slaney, are both members of the military. Ashley is a member of the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, while Chase is in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Japan.

"I was induced on Thursday at 11 p.m.,” said Ashley. “His flight was coming in on Saturday at 6:30 pm. So, I kept telling all the nurses that we were going to wait, we were going to wait, daddy is going to make it. And he made it. And we went into at about 11 o'clock last night and had our baby at 1:09 this morning."

After a train ride to Tokyo, and 17 hours in the air, Chase arrived just in time to see the birth of his son.

"It was not only exciting, but stressful, trying to get here and flight being delayed and all that,” said Chase. “I am very, very excited that I was here, I made it."

Both baby and mom are healthy and will go home on Wednesday. Dad will be on military leave until the start of February.

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