It was a sweet way to end a year.

It was a sweet way to end a year.

As locals were getting ready to see the ball to drop into 2014, two Carthage families were waiting on a different kind of delivery at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital. Elisa Abigail Carrier came into the world at 12:20 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013 to the proud parents of Jonathan “Jon” and Ana Carrier. As the last baby born in 2013 at the Spradling Birthing Center, she weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and was 19 inches long.

“We're tired, but we're excited,” said Ana on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

Also welcoming Elisa were her loving grandparents, Dale and Patricia Carrier, and Moises and Irma Marquez. Ana said Elisa has a very proud big brother, Samuel Jonathan Carrier, who will soon turn three.

“We're surprised how excited he is about her,” Ana said. “We didn't realize how careful we would have to be with him wanting to hold her and love on her. It's great, though. He calls her 'my baby Eli.'”

Elisa was a planned caesarian delivery, at three weeks early. Ana said their church family at the Carthage Nazarene lifted her and Elisa up in prayer.

“Everything went fine, but because she was early our church family prayed for us a lot,” Ana said. “They prayed she would be healthy and come out OK – and she did.”

Before Ana was a stay-at-home mommy, she worked with Dr. Maritza Monrique-Kiniry for five years in her office. It's no surprise she has delivered both of the Carrier children.

“It's great to be friends with your doctor,” Ana said. “They're a great group at Carthage.”