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Couple welcomes baby boy on New Year’s Day at Putnam Hospital Center

Posted: 1/2/2020

It was a touchdown of a very special kind for Clara Hooper and her fiancée, Michael Mallon.

The couple welcomed their first baby, Peyton Mallon, at Putnam Hospital Center at 5:13 p.m., on Jan. 1. The New Year’s Day baby, the first born in Putnam County in 2020, was named after football legend Peyton Manning, Hooper said.

“I’m not into football but his father is, so I let him name the baby,” Hooper said of the retired quarterback who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

Little Peyton came a few weeks early, weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces, and measuring 18 inches long.

The newborn’s due date was Jan. 28 but after visiting the doctor on Jan. 1, Hooper said she was told she had to have the baby that day.

“I’m kind of surprised,” said Hooper, of Carmel. “I didn’t think it was going to happen on New Year’s Day.

As is tradition, the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary gifted mom and baby with a teddy bear and other items for being the first baby born in the new year.

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