Family Welcomes New Year’s Baby

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CANTON, OH -- The newest resident of Northeast Ohio made history just minutes into the New Year.

Mosiya McElroy, at 7 lbs. 10 ounces, is a little guy who is already making big news. He is Northeast Ohio’s first New Year’s baby. He was born at Mercy Medical Center in
Canton -- just two minutes into the start of 2014.

"I feel very exhausted and sleepy, but very blessed," Mosiya’s mom Marshell McElroy said.

McElroy, 26, said having her first baby on the first day of the New Year was not planned.  She had been in labor for 36 hours before Mosiya decided to make his grand entrance into the world.

McElroy thought he might be born on New Year’s Eve.

“He was being stubborn and he did not want to come out," she said.

Lewana Thurmond was with her daughter during the labor and delivery.

"When he finally came out, it was a true blessing," she added.

Mosiya, pronounced Messiah, is Thurmond’s ninth grandchild. But he is a fifth generation child, welcomed into the family by his great-great grandmother.

"I'm hoping he does great things, definitely great things. I think he was brought in here for a reason, special little purpose," Thurmond added.

This is actually the second New Year’s baby for the McElroy family. Mosiya’s Uncle Zachary, his mom’s younger brother, was born on New Year’s Day 24 years ago.

“I just can't wait for all the first times. Teach him how to tie his shoes, ride a bike, all that. That's what I'm looking forward to," Mosiya’s mom said.

When a baby is born at Mercy Medical Center, a lullaby is played through the intercom system to announce a new life has been brought into the world. When the lullaby for Mosiya played at 12:02 a.m. New Year’s Day, Thurmond said it warmed her heart and brought tears to her eyes.

"Definitely want to thank the Lord for giving us the blessing,” Thurmond added, looking at her new grandson.

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