Chalese Bogart and Ostynn Cotton of Medford cuddle Carma Hazel Cotton, born 12:07 a.m. New Year's Day at Asante Ashland Community Hospital. [Photo by Denise Baratta]

Welcome to 2018, Carma Hazel

ASHLAND — Ostynn Cotton comes from a troupe of holiday babies.

He was born on Mother's Day. His dad: Christmas Eve. Grandma: Valentines Day. Cousin: St. Patrick's Day. And so on and so on.

"Our family has a set of Fourth of July twins," Cotton's mother Brandy Conaway said. "It keeps going. It just keeps going."

So, it makes sense that Cotton's first child would follow tradition. On New Year's Day, Cotton's daughter Carma Hazel Cotton joined the ranks, making a 12:07 a.m. entrance at Asante Ashland Community Hospital that made her the first Jackson County baby of 2018.

She was a few days late — her due date was Dec. 28, 2017 — but mother Chalese Bogart, 19, delivered her just a few minutes into the new year after about three hours of labor. It's the first for both her and Cotton, 21. 

"She was actually born in this room," Cotton said of Bogart Monday afternoon, adding that the doctor and nurse who delivered her also delivered his daughter. "Same doctor, same room, same nurse."

Oh, speaking of holiday babies, Bogart was born on Veterans Day. Wrapped in a pink blanket, her new 7-pound, 9-ounce baby dozed contentedly in her arms Monday afternoon.

"She's pretty good," Bogart said.

"She's got huge feet," Cotton said. "We put my fingers together. Her feet are bigger than both my pointer and my middle finger."

He's excited to be a dad.

"I hope she says a happy little bouncy baby girl," Cotton said. "Anything they throw at us, we'll figure it out."

Conaway is a proud grandma, taking to the Jackson County Scanner Facebook page to share the news. As of about 4:45 p.m. Monday, the post had blown up, receiving nearly 800 Likes and hundreds of congratulatory comments.

"It's the best thing. I'm in love. I'm totally in love," Conaway said of Carma. "She has Daddy wrapped around her little tiny finger. Completely and totally. She's beautiful. She's amazing."

She's already gotten plenty of grandma time in, but is looking forward to more.

"I let them do their bonding thing, and then it was like 'OK, guys, ready for a nap yet?'" Conaway said.

Cotton said a November 2018 wedding is next.

"At least we don't have to decide on a flower girl," he said.

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