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Couple welcomes county’s firstborn of 2013

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Zario Williams massages his daughter who was the first born this year at Piedmont Henry Hospital.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Zario Williams massages his daughter who was the first born this year at Piedmont Henry Hospital.

McDONOUGH — Officials reported the first baby born in Henry County this year weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces.

Skylah Williams was born at 1:48 a.m. New Year’s Day and measured 19 inches long. Her parents are Lauren McIntosh and Zario Williams, both 25, of McDonough.

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Photo by Johnny Jackson Zario Williams (right) and Lauren McIntosh sit with their newborn baby daughter, Skylah Williams, who was the first baby born at Piedmont Henry Hospital this year.

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Photo by Johnny Jackson Zario Williams kisses his newborn baby daughter. Skylah Williams was born at 1:48 a.m. New Year’s Day.

“I’m excited,” said Williams, who became a father for the third time shortly after midnight.

Williams and McIntosh have two other children together, Jadea, 6, and Joshua, 5, respectively born in September and December.

McIntosh said she went into labor late on New Year’s Eve though her due date was Jan. 8. She and Williams arrived just before midnight at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge.

“I went into labor at 10:45 p.m.,” McIntosh said. “I was happy because I wanted her to get out. It has been a long journey.”

She said she was surprised by how quickly her daughter was born. Labor for her first two children was six hours each but the process took little more than two hours this time.

McIntosh said she had fallen asleep around midnight and woke up an hour later with frequent contractions and within the next hour had welcomed a daughter into the world.

The young parents said they left the hospital the next day wanting for sleep.

Donna Braddy, the hospital’s director of marketing, said the family was presented with a gift basket of baby clothes, blankets, safety products, bathing products, diapers, stuffed animals and pacifiers.

Braddy said the March of Dimes also provided a gift bag with products from Medela, HALO, Johnson & Johnson, Carter’s and Kids R Kids.

Williams said the couple hope to have another child in the future, a son to round out their growing family.

“I’m proud of my family and children,” said Williams. “I hope that they’ll be successful in whatever they do.”