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A new little celebrity made the rounds in Sonora yesterday.

Tuolumne County€™s first baby of 2003 – 6-day-old Hailey Hope Norton – is a fifth generation Tuolumne County resident.

Being the first New Year€™s Day birth came as a surprise for parents Angie and Philip Norton, since the baby was expected to be a Christmas baby, with a delivery date of December 23.

“We actually didn€™t get to the birth center until 3 a.m. (New Year€™s morning),” Angie recalls. “My husband and I thought we were too late because we thought someone would have already delivered by then. We were shocked after we did deliver to find out that we were the first baby.”

Baby Hailey was born at 3:41 New Years morning. The 26-year-old new mother was the 1995 Mother Lode Round-up Queen.