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.
“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.
“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.
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“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.”