One family welcomed Chattanooga's first baby of the New Year early Tuesday morning.

Kristen French and Adam Barnett arrived at Erlanger Medical Center at 4:00 am on New Year's Eve.

Madelyne Rae Barnett was welcomed into the world Tuesday morning at 1:02.  She is 6 pounds and 1 ounce and 18 inches long.

Mom and dad were ready for Madelyne to arrive after spending more than 20 hours in the delivery room.

"Yeah, it was a long day," French said. "Yeah, needless to say, I was starving. I needed food right after."

"It's a new experience for sure. I think it's something I'm going to have to get used to, but I can do it," Barnett said.

More than 11,000 babies will be born in the United States on New Year's Day.