Minnesota's first-born of 2016 is 'a miracle baby'


Miles Ruddy, born at 12:05 a.m. New Year's Day at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, is believed to be Minnesota's first baby of 2016.

And he comes with quite a story too, with KSTP reporting that his mother, Melissa Ruddy, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at just 19 years old and was told by doctors she'd have trouble conceiving, with one of her ovaries being removed in 2010.

But she has defied the odds, having not one but two babies, with Miles following his sister Maxine, who was born two years ago.

"I actually started pushing at midnight, as soon as the ball dropped, and he came out five minutes later, like yay!" Melissa told the TV station.

According to a Facebook post, Melissa was told by hospital staff that Miles was definitely the first born in the Twin Cities metro area in 2016, and was very possibly the first in the state.

"Having the opportunity to have kids and then have natural births, not having to have cesareans or anything like that, is a huge miracle," she added, according to WCCO.

Her baby weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and is 20 inches long. Her husband Matt, however, told WCCO he was hoping for his son to arrive a few minutes before the ball dropped – so he could get the tax break.

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FOX 9 reports the Ruddys just got in ahead of Taylor Jane Sloan, who was born at the St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee just 5 minutes later at 12:10 a.m. Friday.

The TV station says the child is "destined to be an Iowa State University fan" and mom Anne said: "Maybe we were hoping for the tax break before New Year’s, but we are happy with a 12:10 baby on New Year’s."

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department for Health revealed the preliminary results of Minnesota's most popular baby names in 2015 – with Olivia currently in first place for girls and Jackson for boys.

The final results are expected to be announced later in January. Here's the current top five for each.


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