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The perfect gift: Dads becoming Dads on Father's Day

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Sunday, June 15, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

Huesue Xiong says he got the best Father's Day gift he could wish for.

"I'm just really happy... this is my first kid so [I'm] really happy, excited."

Little Savannah was born early this morning, right in time for Dad's best day.

"She's seven pound, fourteen ounce... she was born exactly at 3:59 a.m.," Xiong said as he held his new daughter's tiny hand.

It's been a busy June 15th for St. Mary's.

Huesue wasn't the only one who hailed the title "Dad" for the first time today.

"It's Father's Day!," nurse Kristie Hamm said with a bright smile on her face.

She is one of many nurses who helps new life surface at St. Mary's.

"How more exciting can you get?," Hamm asked, explaining that "it's a chance for them to see their brand new son or daughter and hold them in their arms."

Hamm says it's something she enjoys, especially on days like today.

"It's an amazing experience. It's life changing for the parents, but it's also life changing for the nurses who get a chance to welcome a new life into the world."

Huesue could not agree more.

"It's feels great.. It feels life changing," he said, adding that "it's really great to be a father."

Mom, after hours of exhausting labor, didn't want to go on camera.

"Hoping that she'll come in Friday, but never did and [we] waited all day Saturday, Sunday," Huesue said.

Finally, Savannah took her first peek at life early Sunday morning.

Just as the NBC15 crew was about to leave, someone else took their first peek too.

Grandma, Grandpa and other family dropped by to experience the Xiong family's extra special Father's Day gift.

"I get my daughter, my first kid too... it's the best gift ever," Huesue said as we wrapped up.


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