Baby Myla came two days early — but just in time to be Medina County’s first baby of the new year.
Myla Grace McCartney was born to Jessica and Nathan, of Montville Township, at 1:51 a.m. Wednesday at Medina Hospital.
Her expected arrival date was Friday.
Jessica went to her doctor on New Year’s Eve for a checkup and she was sent straight to Medina Hospital’s Family Birthing Center.
“My nurses kept telling me she would come early,” Jessica said Friday morning at her Medina Hospital room. “They said she’d be here before the end of the year.”
Myla hung on a little longer, waiting almost two hours into 2014 to make her appearance.
After about 12 hours of labor, Jessica needed an emergency cesarean.
Myla was born healthy, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 inches long.
Jessica said the labor was hard on her spouse, Nathan, who is a nurse practitioner.
“The whole time I kept asking about Nathan, ‘Are you OK?’ “ Jessica said.
Nathan said it was difficult to be in a position where he only could watch and worry about his wife and daughter.
“They’re both my soul mates. I can’t live without either one of them,” he said.
Myla is the first child for the couple, who were married June 7, 2008.
“Six, seven, eight — that’s how I remember my anniversary,” Nathan said.
The pair met in Toledo while they were at college. Jessica was in pharmacy school and Nathan was in nursing school. Myla is also the first grandchild for both sets of grandparents.
Myla’s name came almost by accident. The couple had prepared a list of baby names, and Nathan mispronounced one of the names on the list.
“He said I really like Myla, and I said that’s not on my list,” Jennifer said. “But we both liked how it sounded and we looked it up and it means ‘merciful.’ “
The couple also liked that it was an uncommon name.
Nathan said they expected to meet with a doctor on Friday and if the checkup goes well, the family plans to return home today.
“We’re so excited,” Nathan said.
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