The little lad weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce and measured 21 inches. Jace is currently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Upon discharge, he will be welcomed home by two big sisters, Hayleigh, age 6, and Kenzie, 19 months.
As the first baby born in 2012, Jace is the winner of the annual First Baby contest sponsored by The Monett Times and participating businesses.
This year's prizes include: a $25 gift certificate from Wickman's Garden; a $25 savings account from Community National Bank; a $20 gift certificate from The Trunk; a $25 gift certificate from Race Brothers Farm and Home Supply; a party pack of pizza and other treats from Little Caesars; a Kids' Day package from Connie's Photography that includes two 5 by 7 photos, four wallets and 25 birth announcements; a $25 gift certificate from Sunrise Family Restaurant; two free sandwiches and two free drinks from Mocha Jo's; a free X-ray and exam for the mother of the first baby from All Smiles Dental Care; and a three-month subscription to The Monett Times.