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Greenwich welcomes first baby of 2019

January 1, 2019

GREENWICH — Baby Nathaniel Jesus Lawrence wasn’t supposed to come into the world for another 10 days.

His parents, Melissa and Patrick Lawrence of New Rochelle, N.Y., came to Greenwich Hospital on Monday for a regular checkup.

“When (the doctor said), ‘You’re not going home,’ it was like, yeah this is happening,” Patrick Lawrence said.

At 4:54 a.m. Tuesday, Nathaniel became the first baby born in Greenwich in 2019. He is the first born to his parents, the first grandchild on his father’s side and the first grandson in his mother’s family.

“I never thought he’d come on (Jan. 1),” Melissa Lawrence said. “It’s just such a great way to start the year. We were already excited of course, but for it to happen on New Year’s was special.”

The new mother said it was slightly daunting to think about the birthing process before going in to it.

“It was scary, the unknown, not knowing what to expect exactly,” she said. “I read a ton, but you don’t really know until you’re in it.”

With the support of her parents, sister, husband and hospital staff, Melissa Lawrence said she felt supported as she delivered baby Nathaniel.

“The nurses we had were phenomenal and the doctor who delivered him was terrific,” she said. “Even though I was nervous, I felt like I was in good hands. It was painful, but it was as pleasant as a painful experience can be — pre-epidural.”

The Lawrences, who met on Match.com in 2013 and married in 2018, say they plan on having at least one more baby.

Last year, more than 2,700 babies were born at Greenwich Hospital.

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