Jackson Lee Taggart, the first Clatsop County baby of 2005, was actually due 12 days before New Years, but that doesn't make him late.

"I guess being the first baby of the year makes him right on time," said mom Robbin Taggart, 26, of Astoria.

Jackson arrived in the world at 6:26 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He is 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 inches long.

His dad, Keith Taggart, 28, is an apprentice carpenter for C.A. Taggart Construction. Grandparents are Diane and Tom Vandershule, of Astoria; Chuck Taggart, of Astoria; Cynthia and Paul Giambra, of Colorado; and Dennis and Kathy Richter of Goldbar, Wash.

"He's just perfect," Robin Taggart said. "He's everything we thought he would be and then some. It feels great."

Jackson is named for the Civil War generals Jackson and Lee.

"(They) are not only great leaders of history but men of God who made their decisions based on faith," Taggart said. She added that the name is also fitting because her husband enjoys Civil War re-enacting with the 79th Highlanders.

While Taggart will be in the hospital until Tuesday night - she had a Caesarian because of delivery complications - she's anxious to get home and get used to being a mom.

She said her and her husband are excited to share Jesus with their new son. "He's God's baby," she said.

The second Clatsop County baby of 2005 is Corrine Renae Berg, a 6 pound, 111/2 ounce girl born to Cassie Berg at 5:23 a.m. Monday at Providence Seaside Hospital.

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