Wise welcomes first baby of 2018

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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New Year Baby

NEW YEAR BABY – Parents Carla and Gregory Ray hold their newborn baby girl, Maisie Michelle, who became the first baby born in 2018 in Wise County on Monday at Wise Health System in Decatur. The family lives in Springtown. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

While most local residents tried to avoid driving on the icy roads Sunday, Gregory and Carla Ray of Springtown really didn’t have a choice.

A baby was on its way.

The couple had come to Wise Health System in Decatur on New Year’s Eve, but Carla was sent home. Only 30 minutes after arriving back at their house, Carla’s water broke.

So they headed back to the hospital around the time everyone was greeting the new year.

“She called it the whole time,” Gregory said. “She said, ‘We’re having her on New Year’s Day.'”

Carla’s due date was actually Jan. 3, but baby Maisie (pronounced “may see”) Michelle had other ideas.

After several hours of labor, Carla gave birth to the 9-pound, 3-ounce child at 6:21 p.m. on Jan. 1.

“The first thing I said when they brought her around and showed her to me was, ‘Oh, she’s got my nose and looks like me,'” Carla said, adding that the baby has her dad’s hands and feet.

Maisie has a big sister, McKinley, 5, who is “super excited,” Gregory said.

He said when they found out they were having a girl at the 20-week mark, they were looking through a list of girls names and came across “Maisie.”

“It just stood out, and I showed it to (Carla), and she said she really liked it,” Gregory said.

The child shares a middle name with her aunt – Carla’s younger sister, Catelynn Michelle.

On Tuesday, the new parents were presented with a number of gifts from the hospital and the Wise Health System Auxiliary, including blankets, onesies, diapers, a stroller and a travel bassinet.

Birth Day Gifts

BIRTH DAY GIFTS – Carla and Gregory Ray with baby Maisie received a number of gifts from both the hospital and the Wise Health System Auxiliary, represented by Nina White and Martha Blankenship. Maisie arrived at 6:21 p.m. Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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