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Baby Tessa is Norwalk's 2019 baby

Zoe Greszler • Jan 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Norwalk welcomed its first baby of the new year, but little Tessa Hall decided to wait until the wee hours of Jan. 2 to enter into the bright new world. 

Proud parents Dalton and Justina Hall, of Collins, didn’t mind though. Their baby was healthy and happy — just what the couple was hoping for. A great way to kick off a new year. 

Justina Hall was induced at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1 and little Tessa was born at 3:58 a.m. at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, weighing in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long. 

“She’s a big girl,” her mother said with a laugh.

Both Halls are 2010 graduates of New London High School. The mother said she was naturally a little nervous on heading to the hospital, even though this was the couple’s second child, but added mostly “we’re very excited.” 

The Halls’ future hopes and aspirations for the little girl are basic, but essential.

“I’m sure my husband would say with her size that she’s going to be an athlete of some sort, but we just want her to stay healthy and do whatever she wants,” Justina Hall said. 

Tessa’s big sister, Kendall, 2, was there to welcome her home Thursday. Hall said she’s not sure Kendall realized Tessa was a permanent addition to the family though. 

“She came (Wednesday). The first thing she said was ‘Ooh baby,’ but after that she was in the shelves and everything else (in the room),” Hall said of the “sassy” big sister. “I don’t think she’s realized the baby’s coming with us to stay.”

Hall said she hopes 2019 has plenty of positivity in store for the young family.

“Hopefully good health, a good year, being together as a family and making all the adjustments to being a family of four,” she said. 

She said there are a few essential ingredients for any family to be happy and successful.

“I think it takes lots of love and making sure (the children) know that they’re loved,” Hall said.

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