Crestview couple welcomes north county’s first baby of 2013


Makayla Olivia Jones, the north county’s first baby of 2013, nestles in the arms of her parents Stephanie Arnold and Mather Jones.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

CRESTVIEW — For now, Makayla Olivia Jones hasn’t given much thought to arriving in town. As the first baby of 2013 born in the north county region, her immediate interests are sleeping and eating.

Makayla was born at 12:36 p.m. New Year’s Day at North Okaloosa Medical Center. She is Stephanie Arnold and Mather Jones’ first daughter and their first child together.

Her brother, Bradien, waits at their Crestview home to meet his new half-sister.

“He’s excited,” Arnold said.

Four half-brothers — Gage, Drevon, Tristan and Kyler — eagerly await in Cincinnati the opportunity to visit their new half-sister, Jones said.

“But I think they ask about seeing the beach more,” he said, laughing.

The couple recently moved to Crestview, where Arnold’s parents live.

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