CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This Jan. 1, Matt and Melissa Osborne embraced the new year. But, while others were watching the ball drop and clinking Champagne glasses, the Marine City couple had bigger things on their minds.
“To have (a baby) on New Year’s Day, it just kind of cements that even more that this a real big miracle,” Matt said. “We’re always going to remember that, of course because of the baby, but also because of the new year.”
Their first child — a daughter, Scarlett Mercy Osborne — wasn’t born until 12:43 p.m. on Jan. 1. At 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20.75 inches long, she was the first baby born in 2013 at either one of the two nearby hospitals, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township or McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens.
The Osbornes didn’t plan it that way, however.
Melissa, a radiographer, was scheduled for an induced labor the morning of Dec. 31. After she finally began going into labor around the next morning, the couple increasingly began to suspect, as the hours ticked away, that they might have the hospital’s first baby of 2013.
“About 4 a.m. (Jan. 1) the nurse came in to check on us and said there was nobody else in labor, so we started thinking we might be it,” said Matt, 31, a United Methodist pastor. “We come to find out we were the only couple to have their baby on New Year’s Day (at Henry Ford Macomb).”
The fact that they were the only ones having a baby there at the time got the couple plenty of attention from the nursing staff, he added.
Though the couple lives in Marine City, they came to Henry Ford Macomb because they had heard good things about the hospital, Melissa said. For having the first baby of the year, the hospital gave them a special gift basket.
Up until the birth, the Osbornes didn’t know if they were having a boy or a girl. They did try to find out the gender at their 20-week ultrasound, but the baby’s position left the gender inconclusive, so they decided to keep it a surprise.
After all, Matt figured, in an information age, where any question can be answered with the click of a button, this was one surprise nobody could take away from them. Matt was betting on a boy; Melissa, on a girl.
Finally, after more than 28 hours in labor, the big moment arrived. And when it did, Matt was literally speechless for a moment.
When the doctor announced that it was a girl, Melissa said, “I knew it, I knew it.” Matt, already envisioning the role of protective dad, joked, “I’m in trouble.”
A pastor at Marine City United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church in Algonac, he said the couple’s faith, as well as the prayers and support of family, friends and parishioners, made their worries easier to bear.
Ultimately, Scarlett was born healthy.
“When you marry somebody, you love them with your whole heart. But this is a completely different kind of love,” Melissa said. “I can’t put her down. I don’t want to put her down. I just never thought I could love somebody so much.”
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