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Carroll County's first baby of the year comes on Jan. 2

Carroll County's first baby of the year comes on Jan. 2
Mariyah Victoria Parada, daughter of Westminster residents Megan, 31, and Will Parada, 31, was the first baby born in Carroll County this year. She was born at 9:27 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. (Courtesy photo / Meghan Gonzalez / Carroll Hospital)

Carroll County’s first baby of 2019 was born at 9:27 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Carroll Hospital.

Mariyah Victoria Parada, daughter of Westminster residents Megan, 31, and Will Parada, 31, was born 8 pounds and 11 ounces and 20.5 inches long.

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“She was supposed to be Jan. 7,” said Mariyah’s mother. “Me and my husband got here at the hospital at 5 a.m., that's what time we were told we were supposed to show up. I was actually getting induced, and they prepped me, took me back to my room, and by 9:27, I had her.

“I had no pain medicine, no epidural, not even ibuprofen, Motrin,” Parada told the Times that evening. “All natural. I was in excruciating pain, but you know, I overcame it. And honestly, I was thinking about getting medicine, but by the time I’d talked to [the doctor] about getting some ibuprofen or whatever they were going to give me, I was already dilated 10 centimeters. The baby was already showing. So it was a quick birth.”

Mariyah is one of the three Parada “winter babies,” her mother explained. The newborn has two older brothers: Willy, who is turning 6 on Jan. 17, and Jeremiah, who is turning 2 on Feb. 18.

When asked how she felt about giving birth to the first baby born in Carroll County this year, Megan Parada said it was the start of a famous life.

“She’s a celebrity,” she said. “She's starting her career off, she’s a little model.

Carroll County's first baby of 2019, Mariyah Victoria Parada, with parents Megan and Will Parada, both 31, at Carroll Hospital with siblings Willy, 5, and Jeremiah, 1, on Jan. 2.
Carroll County's first baby of 2019, Mariyah Victoria Parada, with parents Megan and Will Parada, both 31, at Carroll Hospital with siblings Willy, 5, and Jeremiah, 1, on Jan. 2. (Courtesy photo / Meghan Gonzalez / Carroll Hospital)

“It’s exciting for her to be the first baby born,” Parada said. “I'm shocked because we are on Day 2 of January; it’s hard to believe no babies were born between now and then, but it’s true.”

Carroll Hospital Marketing and Community Liaison Meghan Gonzalez said she was surprised also.

“I anxiously kept calling into the hospital yesterday to see if there was a baby,” she said, “and each time I called there hadn’t been — except for 9:27 this morning. We are excited now to have our first baby of born in Carroll County.”

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