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Elmendorf-Richardson couple welcomes Anchorage's first baby

Jan. 2, 2014 - 01:07PM   |  
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ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — The first baby born in Anchorage in 2014 appears to be girl born to a military couple.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Layla Grace Gibson was born at 2:24 a.m., Jan. 1, at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital. Her parents are Courtney and Jordan Lee Gibson.

He's an Army specialist with the 725th Bravo Company Airborne.

Layla weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

The couple moved from South Carolina to Alaska three years ago, and they live in Palmer. Layla is their first child.

"I'm just glad she's here, safe and healthy," Jordan said. "But I think it's really amazing she's the first one for the new year."

A second baby, Richie Rithy Lor, was born at 8:25 a.m. at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

His middle name, Rithy, means "strength" in Cambodian, his father, Chanra Steven Lor, an Anchorage contractor, said.

"We didn't expect him to come on New Year's," Lor said.

"We never expected that," added the mother, Thyda Lor.

There is special early January significance for the family. Chanra Steven Lor immigrated to the United States as a refugee from the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia on Jan. 10, 1980.

On Jan. 1, 2009, the couple married in Cambodia.

"It's a special gift for us New Year's Day," Thyda Lor said.

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