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Hurricane baby! Couple names newborn after October storm

Matthew Talbert was conceived during the hurricane that he shares a name with. (WPDE)

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — Many babies share names with parents or other relatives. But, how about naming your child after the storm he was conceived during?

That's what Brian and Ginny Talbert did, welcoming Matthew Talbert into the world around two weeks ago.

Last year, before the hurricane hit, the couple had been talking about whether they wanted to have kids, but its arrival put those plans on the back burner.

"We weren't 100 percent decided on children yet, but we were very much leaning towards not having children," Ginny explained.

The couple knew their Socastee house would flood, and were prepared for the several feet of water that entered their brand new home.

What they weren't prepared for was a positive pregnancy test in the aftermath.

"She said, 'Are you ready to be a daddy?' And I said, 'What do you mean--you get a new puppy or something?" Brian said. "And she said, 'Oh no, I'm pregnant."

Ginny described going through a range of emotions, from the initial shock to worry and finally happiness. But, she said above everything else, she was excited.

So, were their families, after the news made landfall.

"I think they thought we were joking at first, it was kind of this dead silence on the other end of the phone," Ginny said.

Baby Matthew was born two weeks early, weighing in at more than 7 pounds. The doctors told ABC15 that it was a healthy pregnancy.

The couple knows they were fortunate last fall, and say their newborn outweighs anything they had to endure back then.

"What we gained here was very much worth going through anything that we went through in that storm," Brian said.

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