His first cry sounded like a cat, his mom said.

“But I think that’s because we make a lot of animal sounds in our house,” she said, smiling.

Troy Allen Meadows was born at 8:13 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, the first baby born at Jamestown Regional Medical Center in 2018. Welcoming him are parents Monica and William Meadows of New Rockford, N.D., and big sister, Vera, age 2.

“We’re excited about the New Year’s Baby,” William said. “We’re especially excited for Troy.”

Sleeping and eating have come naturally for Troy, who is 20.25 inches long and weighs 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Dr. Sarah Schatz and Dr. Christopher Maki delivered him via a planned cesarean section. So far, mom and baby are doing well.

“The medical team is amazing here,” William said. “JRMC is the Hilton of hospitals.”

Troy is named after the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Troy Aikman. A long-time fan of the team, William said he’s also a fan of the name. Troy gets his middle name from his maternal grandfather, Allen Swedmark of Bemidji, Minn.

Even though William and Monica left their house before 4 a.m., the couple agreed that this birth was less dramatic than their last one. Monica labored for 40 hours before delivering Vera via cesarean section in 2015.

“The staff is awesome here,” William said.

After the first of the year, JRMC always looks forward to meeting the New Year’s Baby.

“The New Year’s baby always warms our hearts on these cold days,” said JRMC Family BirthPlace Manager Emily Woodley. “It always feels good to start a new year with a new life.”

Last year, 333 babies were born at JRMC, compared to 318 in 2016.