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DES MOINES, Iowa — As millions of Americans open their Christmas presents more than 15 families got the gift of a new baby.

Simon Shepherd Thomas was the first baby born at Mercy Medical Center at 1:35 Christmas Day. Thomas’s proud parents are used to special birthdays. Their seven-year old was born on Easter and their three other children were all born on the 23rd day of the month. “We should remember birthdays pretty easily!” said mother CarrieAnn Thomas.

The family is putting off their Christmas plans till Friday when they can take Simon Shepherd home.