LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –A Lawton couple started the off new year with a new addition to their family.
Tim and Stephanie Cooper are the proud parents of the first baby born in Lawton in 2016. Marilyn Jeane Cooper made her way into the world at 2:15 a.m., and weighed in at 5 lbs., 11 oz.
Baby Cooper is one of four children, and the only girl for Tim and Stephanie Cooper. They say they're excited about their growing family, but they were surprised by her birth date.
The couple was actually expecting their new addition Jan. 7, but she clearly had other plans. None of the couple's other three children made it to their due dates either, but none came nearly a week early like Marilyn did.
"It's pretty exciting, it's pretty astonishing because we didn't expect it to happen this way," said Stephanie Copper, mom.
"We kind of joked about it, maybe she'll be here on New Year's just looking at her labor history and everything like that," said Tim Cooper, dad.
After eight years of nothing but Hot Wheels trucks and Pokemon cards in the house, Tim says he's glad to have another girl around.
I'm kind of glad that she came last, because now she's got three older brothers to grow up with her and make her a little more tough, hopefully protect her and really look out for her throughout her life," Tim Cooper said.
Marilyn's grandmother says she couldn't be happier.
"She's so tiny, she's so cute and we're just going have lots of fun with her," said Deborah Roberts, grandmother.
Marilyn makes the 13th grandchild for Roberts and she says she's just glad mom and baby are doing well. As for mom and dad, they're adjusting to having another baby and hoping to get a little help at home from their 3, 6 and 8-year-old.
"They like to help out with everything. They're really good about having a new baby, because once our 3-year-old came along, the other two adjusted really quick to helping out and doing what we need them to do," Tim Cooper said.
Tim and Stephanie say this was the last baby for their family.
Mom and baby are set to go home on Sunday.
The couple received a basket full of diapers, clothes and a stuffed animal from the hospital.
Comanche County Memorial Hospital says a total of 137 babies were born there last month, more than twice their average number of 60.