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Checking in with Vt.'s Baby New Year of 2000

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -

Jenna Puleo loves to bake with her mother Michelle.

"Yeah, I like to help my mom in the kitchen a lot," she said.

She's a soft-spoken, articulate girl, but that wasn't always the case. Jenna is pretty special, she was the first baby born in Vermont in the year 2000, a true millennium baby.

"12:03 a.m. she popped out!" mom Michelle said.

The hospital staff wondered if Jenna would be born in the 20th or 21st century.

"They told me the time before they told me what she was, so I remember yelling what is it, a boy or a girl? Because I didn't know and people were yelling the time," Michelle said.

Jenna turned out to be a healthy and active girl. She's now an eighth-grade honor student who loves sports. She spends 12 hours a week perfecting her gymnastic skills. She also plays field hockey, runs track and loves to ski.

She's modest about her unique birthday.

"I think everyone is special, so I just like everyone else, but it's pretty cool to be a millennium baby," Jenna said.

And when everyone else rings in the New Year, she gets her friends to wait around.

"Every night when the ball drops we celebrate that and then we wait three minutes and cheer again for my birthday. So, it's pretty fun," Jenna said.

Reporter Joe Carroll: Were you planning on having a millennium baby?

Michelle Puleo: No, definitely not. It just ironically happened that way.

So, while there will be other Vermont Baby New Years to come, Jenna will always be Vermont's first baby of the 21st century.

Michelle and Frank have three other children. The whole family will be celebrating at Olive Garden. It's a tradition.

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