LIMA — Nekeisha Morris was only visiting Lima on New Year’s Eve, when her water unexpectedly broke.
Her baby wasn’t due until Jan. 11, and she hadn’t experienced her water breaking with her other two children. Morris instantly began researching what was going on with her pregnancy.
She was visiting from Columbus with her baby’s father, Lymon Tate.
“It was crazy because I just thought I was urinating on myself, so I had to do my research on it to figure out what was going on,” Morris said. “Then about the time I came here (to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center) at 8 o’clock, I was 5 centimeters (dilated) already.”
Tae’sha Harmony Tate was born at 2:22 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing 6 pounds and measuring at 18 1/2 inches.
“It’s been a wonderful experience. I never thought I’d experience this in my life, having a New Year’s baby — the only one in the hospital born on this day,” Morris explained. “That’s quite an experience.”
Morris’s two other children, Tyion, 9, and Tiana, 5, were able to come up from Columbus to meet their new little sister.
Tyion said he’s really excited that his sister is the first baby born on New Year’s Day because now he will be able to go back home and tell all of his friends and write about it in school.
Like her siblings, Tae’sha has been a very quiet baby thus far, Morris said.
“When she first came out, she was quiet, so they tried to figure out what was wrong with her,” Morris explained. “She just was perfectly fine. She just didn’t start crying until they gave her her first shot.”
Overall, Morris said she had a very easygoing time having Tae’sha, despite her surprise arrival.
“It’s been real good here. My RN nurse was about to deliver the baby because the doctor was taking too long. She had everything set up,” Morris said. “It was very easy — I was surprised by the staff here. They were nice, kind, outspoken, and they could manage me. They are very sweet here.”
No births were reported by 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lima Memorial Health System or Bluffton Hospital.
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