PROVO -- The first Utah County baby of 2015 was born at 12:45 a.m. Thursday at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.

Gentrie Laine Davis was born to Brikki and Austin Davis of Salem. 

"We were trying to get her before the tax break, but she came 45 minutes too late for that," said Brikki jokingly. "She had other plans and wanted a little bit of publicity." 

Gentrie is the Davis' second daughter. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 18 inches long. 

Brikki said Gentrie wasn't due until Jan. 14, so the family was surprised when, at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Brikki and her mother Shena Draper were in Eureka and Brikki started to have contractions three minutes apart.

Brikki said she was surprised Gentrie was the first Utah County baby of 2015 since she came 45 minutes after midnight. 

"We watched the ball drop and decided we weren't going to get a tax break or a New Year's baby because it was 45 minutes after midnight," she said.

But for Utah County, Gentrie was the first. 

"We weren't planning on having the first baby of the year," Draper said. "We never dreamed it would be us." 

Brikki said Gentrie will always be able to celebrate her birthday with fireworks, but that's not unusual in the Davis family. Her father Austin's birthday is on July 24, Utah's Pioneer Day.

The family is certainly not unfamiliar with having significant dates for birthdays -- the couple's 15-month old daughter was born on Sept. 11. 

"I guess they like to come in with a bang," Brikki said. "That's easy for me to remember."

The family had a lot of support for Gentrie's birth, with a grandfather, three grandmothers, an aunt and friend all at the hospital for the delivery, Draper said.

The first Utah baby was born at 12:31 a.m. Thursday at the Jordan Valley Medical Center West Valley Campus. 

Janet Frank, public information officer for UVRMC, said it's been a week of babies, since the Gardner family from Pleasant Grove delivered two sets of twins known as the "Quad Squad" on Sunday. 

The Gardners hosted a press conference and an in-depth interview with NBC reporters from The Today Show.

Amy McDonald is the Politics and South County Reporter for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at (801) 344-2549 or amcdonald@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amymcdonald89