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Sarasota Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 2 weeks ago

The first baby of 2021

Messiah Mays was born at SMH on Jan. 1.
by: Harry Sayer Staff Writer

New Year brings new beginnings, and no one knows that better than new parents Jordan Sawmiller and Quay Mays.

The Bradenton couple had their first child Messiah Mays early in the morning on New Year's Day — the first child born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2021. The healthy baby — born at 1:39 a.m. — weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. 

"I'm so in love with him already," Sawmiller said. "They say you don't know how much you love a kid until you have your own and that's true."

SMH nurses gave the new family a New Year's-themed gift basket to mark the occasion. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital delivered 10 babies on Dec. 31 and two babies on Jan. 1. 

Harry Sayer is the Black Tie Reporter for the Observer. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and previously worked the Black Tie beat for the Observer newspaper in Winter Park and Maitland. You can catch him at one of Sarasota's fundraisers and shindigs. 

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