FORT HOOD, Texas – It’s been said, “It all starts with a kiss.”  Well, in the case of Capt. Michael and Jessica Brennan nothing might prove truer as their son became the first baby born at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in 2016.  Colin James Brennan weighing in at 7 pounds 10 ounces arrived at 3:58 a.m. on January 1.

Ten months ago Jessica Brennan waved a sign that read, “Welcome home, CPT Brennan! Now, Get over here and kiss me,” during the 3rd Cavalry Regiment homecoming.

Today, the sign above her bed reads, “Congratulations.”  A celebration of the arrival of the newest member of the Brennan family.

Just a few hours after delivery, the Brennan’s laughed at the irony of that first photo on Copper field and the New Year’s Day baby photos.   “I guess we’re going to be a little famous for that photo,” Brennan said.

The first child for Capt. Michael and Jessica Brennan came a few days earlier than expected, but not as soon as Mom hoped.  “We actually thought he was going to come on New Year’s Eve, but that didn’t happen,” Capt. Brennan said.  “It took twenty- two hours of labor.”

The ecstatic parents praised the staff in both the labor and delivery and mother baby units.  “Everything and everyone was great,” Brennan said.  “Dr. Christina Kelly was just awesome. We didn’t think she would make it, but she came in and handled everything perfectly,” she said.

To celebrate being CRDAMC’s first baby of the year, Capt. Amy Hammock, Labor and Delivery officer-in-charge presented a basket full of goodies to the family Friday afternoon. “We can’t wait to dig into all this stuff,” Brennan said.  “It’s awesome, and so unexpected.”

Hospital Commander, Col. Mark W. Thompson and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael T. Brooks also stopped by to congratulate the family.  “This is a pretty special day for you, congratulations” Thompson said. “Thanks for all you do, and enjoy your time with the family.”

Kathy Schulman, Colin’s grandmother, made the trip from Wisconsin to Fort Hood is elated by his arrival.

Next, the family looks forward to introducing their new bundle to life as a Chicago Bears fan.