McLeod welcomes first baby of 2019, a boy

January 2, 2019
Travis Romelus and Climmay Smith hold their first-born child, Mason Romelus. Mason is the first child to be born at McLeod Hospital in 2019.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Mason De’andre Romelus made his first appearance in the world as the first baby born at McLeod Regional Medical Center in 2019.

Mason, who was born to Travis Romelus and Climmay Smith, weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and measured 20¾ inches at birth.

Mason is the first born of the parents, and they said they are excited he’s finally here.

“It feels good. I’m excited. Happy.” Travis said.

Climmay said the pregnancy was hard and she got sick often, but is glad to be done with it.

“It feels good to hold him,” Climmay said. “He’s so tiny.”

The parents said Mason had been quiet and calm since his birth.

“The baby has been good,” Travis said. “He wasn’t crying at all. He ain’t no crybaby.”

Overall, the parents said the labor was quick and they aren’t nervous to become parents.

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