Parents welcome first baby of new year


Brittany Forbes, right, touches her daughter, Charlie Avery Forbes on the head Monday at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro.


Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TARBORO — Little Charlie was supposed to be a Christmas present, but she became a New Year’s Day present instead for two Nash County parents who welcomed the first baby of the new year at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital.

Brittany and Bert (James) Forbes were expecting their first baby on Christmas Day. But when she did not arrive as planned, Brittany’s doctor decided to plan to induce labor on Jan. 1. Instead, little Charlie Avery Forbes, 8 lbs, came in her own good time, without any additional incentive, at 5:48 a.m. Monday.

The fact that she came too late to be a 2017 tax deduction was not lost on her father.

“She is already late and costing me money,” quipped proud papa Bert Forbes, 37, who works for Barnes Equipment in Sims.

Little Charlie was the first baby to be born on New Year’s Day at Vidant Edgecombe, but she was not the only one. By 11 a.m., three babies had been born in the Tarboro hospital and another was on the way, foreshadowing a possible population surge in the Twin Counties in the coming year. 

The Forbes live in southern Nash County, but said they had friends who recommended Vidant Edgcombe Hospital as the place to give birth.

“Of course, this is my first time, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I have had a great experience here at this hospital,” Brittany Forbes said. “The nurses have been wonderful.”

Charlie had a rough start and needed a little extra attention in the special care nursery on Monday. However, the Forbes are looking forward to taking her home in the next few days to join their little family, which includes Bo and Luke, two cats named after “Dukes of Hazzard” characters.

“We are hoping they adapt well to the new baby,” Brittany Forbes said. “I think Bo will be protective because he has been following me around very closely for the last couple of weeks.”

The pet situation is an important consideration for Brittany, 29, who works as a veterinary assistant at the Banfield Pet Hospital in Wake Forest.

The Forbes are elated that Charlie finally arrived, despite the delay.

“This is probably for the best,” Bert Forbes said. “My birthday is December 23 and I understand the pain of trying to get kids to come to a birthday party that close to Christmas. With Charlie’s birthday on New Year’s Day, this will give us a lot to celebrate each year.”