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HCHC welcomes first baby of 2018

Parents ready to make their new house a home with new arrival
By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News | Jan 05, 2018
Photo by: Grace King After the excitement of having the first baby of the year in Mt. Pleasant, Jennifer Millerd and Matthew Schumann are ready to take Timothy John Schumann home.

Jennifer Millerd and Matthew Schumann thought that when they came into the Henry County Health Center maternity ward on Jan. 2, there was no way their son, Timothy John Schumann, would be the first baby born in 2018.

But at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, when Millerd’s water broke, they began to think otherwise. The floor was quiet, Millerd said. That was their first clue.

“It went so fast,” Millerd said, a relief compared to her two previous 16- and 15-hour labors, except for the fact that there was no time for an epidural this time around. “This one was natural,” she said.

For that, daddy was relieved. “For the baby, I think it was better. Absolutely,” Schumann said.

When Millerd’s daughters were born, they arrived early. She assumed that was how it would be with Timothy, expecting him in mid-December. When he didn’t arrive, she worried he would be born on Christmas Day. “He held on though,” Schumann said.

At birth, Timothy was seven pounds, one ounce and was 19 inches long. When the couple returned to their room after the five-hour labor, they were pleasantly surprised by gifts from Family Medicine, Friends of HCHC and the Mt. Pleasant Library, which gave Timothy the book “The Hungry Caterpillar.”

The couple said they are very prepared and ready to take Timothy home, but are thankful for the gifts. They moved into a new house in the country four months ago and painted Timothy’s room blue and gray. Schumann said that he could see the family living there for quite a while and are excited to begin making a new house home with an addition to the family.

Millerd’s daughters, nearly 11-year-old Lily Skaggs and six-year-old Destiny Wade, are ecstatic about their parents bringing a brother home for them to play with. Millerd said that before Timothy was born, she warned them that they couldn’t dress him up like a doll, but she doesn’t think that will stop them from trying.

“It’s all in good fun,” Schumann said.

Millerd has Timothy’s clothes organized, saying they will last him until he is three years old with the amount of stuff they have. Having gained wisdom after her first two children, Millerd said being older and more seasoned makes this experience even better.

For Schumann and Millerd, the attention of having the first baby of 2018 is a little “weird,” they said, but they are going with the flow.

“Later on down the road, I can show him these pictures and what we talked about,” Schumann said. “I think he will enjoy it.”

“It will be a neat story to tell him,” Millerd added.

Schumann is an assistant manager at Subway. Millerd is a sandwich artist there.

Timothy’s grandparents are Susannah Millerd and Paul and Jeanne Olson. His great-grandparents are Shirley Mickle and Joanne Millerd.

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