A Granby family was pleased to the have the first baby of 2013 born at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital.
Anthony and Sereta Wall were at a regular prenatal doctor's appointment when Sereta's blood pressure was too high. She and her unborn child were sent to the hospital right away. She was induced, two and a half hours later, Malachi was born, and then 10 minutes after that Sereta was up and walking around.
“You're amazing,” said Pam Barlet, community relations / program development for the hospital, on Thursday.
To which Sereta responded with a modest smile and laugh.
Three babies were born on New Year's Eve at the hospital, and none on New Year's Day. But, at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, Malachi was born weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.
If anyone knows the child birth process, it's Sereta.
“They were the best baby deliverers I've ever had,” she said, then adding with a laugh, “and I've had a lot.”
Malachi makes the seventh child in the Wall Family. He has three brothers and three sisters: Nathanyal, 11; Zechariah, 9; Elijah, 7; Charity, 4; Serenity, 3; and Patience, 18 months. Boys were Biblical names and girls were named after virtues.
“It's new every time,” Sereta said.
“They're all completely different,” Anthony added.
The proud parents posed for a picture with the table of donations from the Carthage community. Every year, the hospital coordinates a collection for the New Year's baby.
“You didn't know you'd be famous, did you?” Sereta asked her newborn son.
“It was always the plan to have a big family,” Sereta said. “We just ended up with a few more than what we expected.”
Barlet asked the parents, “do you think you'll have another?”
They were quick to answer, “No.”
The New Year looks bright for the Wall Family.
“I hope he's healthy and happy – all those cliché things,” Sereta said, smiling at Malachi.
Whenever a baby is born at the hospital, Brahm's Lullaby is played over the intercom system.
“It never gets old,” Barlet said. “Everyone gets a smile and prays for the baby.”