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County's first baby of 2018 is Elliott Michael Smith, born at 4:09 p.m. Monday at Mercy

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    Dad, Adam Smith, mom, Shamika Smith, and Elliott Michael Smith pose for a picture Monday at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SMITH FAMILY

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LORAIN — A healthy pregnancy for a two-time mom lead to a celebratory delivery of a healthy baby boy Monday.

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Dad, Adam Smith, mom, Shamika Smith, and Elliott Michael Smith pose for a picture Monday at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SMITH FAMILY Enlarge

Shamika Smith, 25, gave birth at 4:09 p.m. at Mercy Regional Medical Center to Lorain County’s first baby of the new year.

Elliott Michael Smith came into the world with just four pushes, said Smith.

“Everything went perfect. He is nice and healthy, and we have nothing to worry about,” she said.

Elliot weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 20 inches long at birth.

With a due date of Jan. 10, Smith said she didn’t count on having the first baby of 2018. Her family had a fun New Year’s Eve celebration the night before and she woke up at 7 a.m. in labor. She said she went to the hospital thinking someone else snagged the title.

“When we came in and asked, they said they hadn’t had any births all day,” she said. “When my labor started to progress, they said it looked like I would be the first.”

A few hours after delivery, the mom — who also has an almost 2-year-old daughter named Sophia with her husband, Adam Smith, 26 — said she was fine and felt no pain.

And when asked how she planned to celebrate her son’s holiday and birthday combo in the future, she said as “a big deal.”

“It’s not just going to be one thing,” she said. “We will have separate celebrations. It’s not fair any other way.”

Adam Smith said Elliott was the perfect addition to complete their family.

“I wanted a boy and a girl and I wanted them close in age so they can be friends. This turned out perfect,” he said.

To commemorate the occasion, the Smith family received a basket of baby goodies including swaddlers, sleepers and diapers from the hospital.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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