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North country’s first baby of new year born in Lewis County just after midnight

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Just a minute after the countdown to ring in 2014, Casey Sauls and Scott Moseby of Turin welcomed a son, Hunter Andrew Moseby. The baby was delivered at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville.

Hunter is the north country’s first baby born in the new year. Ms. Sauls said the date hadn’t mattered to her as she went through 14 hours of labor, but Mr. Moseby was counting down until midnight.

“I think it was 4 a.m. and someone said ‘Happy New Year’ and we remembered,” Ms. Sauls said.

Mr. Moseby gave his first son the name Hunter.

“He’s going to be amazing,” Ms. Sauls said. When he grows up and reads the article about his birth, she said, “he’ll be able to say ‘I know I am.’”

Ms. Sauls said she went into the hospital Monday to be induced; her son was born just past her Tuesday due date.

“He was two minutes overdue,” Ms. Sauls said.

The couple, who have lived in Turin since April, said dad was busy sending photos and videos to family members in Arizona and Florida on Wednesday.

“My stepdad is here and my mom will be coming up in the next couple of weeks,” Mr. Moseby said.

Mr. Moseby, an infantryman with the Army, said it was a bit of luck and a foot injury that allowed him to be present for the birth of his son.

“I wouldn’t say it was luck, but I guess if you have to have a foot injury to see your son born,” Mr. Moseby said.

Since Hunter was born, Mr. Moseby said, he couldn’t stop looking at him.

“It’s is a pretty amazing feeling,” he said. “It’s a blessing.”

Ms. Sauls said athough this wasn’t her first pregnancy, there were still a lot of things to get used to.

“You work very hard for it; it’s not something that just happens. It’s work and it’s very rewarding,” she said. “And he turned out so pretty.”

Now, Ms. Sauls said, she is ready to get home and bring her new baby to see his new home with his big brother, Justin, 5, whom she said is ready to become a good big brother.

“I’m just as excited to get home. If I could go home now I would. I don’t care that I have to rest; I want to get home now and be with both of my sons,” she said.

Hunter is a healthy, blond-haired, blue-eyed 7-pound baby. Ms. Sauls said late afternoon Wednesday that both mom and baby are doing great, but a little tired.

In St. Lawrence County, the first baby of 2014 wasn’t born until nearly 12 hours later, becoming something of a local celebrity in the process. Zaelee Makyah Clark was born at 12:06 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Massena Memorial Hospital to Scott Wayne Clark and Kylie J. Curran, Massena, after Ms. Curran was in labor for just over 24 hours.

Ms. Curran and Mr. Clark were joined in the delivery room Wednesday evening by family and friends, including Ms. Curran’s mother, Denise Curran.

“We came here and arrived at about 10:30 or 11 (Tuesday) morning,” Denise Curran said. “She was at 5 centimeters (dilated) before even midnight last night so it was a guessing game.”

“I started going into labor yesterday. ... We weren’t expecting this. It was supposed to be Jan. 11,” Kylie Curran said Wednesday.

Zaelee measured in at 19.5 inches and weighed 7 pounds, 12.2 ounces.

“We’ll probably be staying (at the hospital) for a couple of days, but we hope to be home with her soon. I’m guessing the hospital requires two days,” Kylie Curran said.


NEW YEAR’S BABIES
The north country had four babies born on New Year’s Day:
• Hunter Andrew Moseby, born to Casey Sauls and Scott Moseby, Turin, at 12:01 a.m. at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, weighing in at 7 pounds.
• Zaelee Makyah Clark, born to Kylie J. Curran and Scott Wayne Clark, Massena, at 12:06 p.m. at Massena Memorial Hospital, weighing in at 7 pounds, 12.2 ounces.
• Ethan Robert Noah Schroeder, born to Rachel L. Kio and Robert D. Schroeder, Ogdensburg, at 12:46 p.m. at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, weighing in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces.
• Allison Marie House, born to Faith Ferguson and Derick House, Watertown, at 2:42 p.m. at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
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