(KMSP) - Each year there are some fun little rivalries that go on between hospitals over where the first baby will be born and this year the 2016 title goes to a family that is truly counting their blessings.
Myles Thomas Ruddy was born at the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park exactly five minutes after midnight.
“I was going for a New Year’s baby. We kind of had a little bet going. [My husband] was hoping for 2015 I was hoping for 2016,” Myles’ mom, Melissa, said.
The Ruddys call both their children miracles. Melissa has known since she was 19 that it would be a struggle to have children at all. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008.
“They took out my left ovary and in 2010 it metastasized into my lung, so I had it twice. They took out my top two lobes on my right side,” Melissa said.
Across the metro at St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee, another new born nearly had the title of first New Year’s baby.
Taylor Jane Sloan was born at 12:10 and is destined to be an Iowa State University fan.
“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,” Taylor’s mom, Anne, said.
Happy, healthy and humbled by the attention, these growing families say 2016 is already off to a great start.
“At the end of it we didn't care when he really came, it was more just ‘How is he doing? Is he good? Does he have all the 10 fingers 10 toes?’” Matt Ruddy, Myles’ dad, said.