For the parents of the first baby born in 2013 in Portage County, the child's birth on New Year's Day was just the latest in a series of miracles.
Lilianah Grassick, who was born at 8:37 a.m. on Tuesday, came into the world more than two weeks early. And she's perfectly healthy, despite the fact that her twin sister was miscarried halfway through the pregnancy.
The family comforts itself with the knowledge that Lilianah is healthy and bears a striking resemblance to her big sister, Destiny, who will turn 2 later this month.
"This is her twin," father Danny Grassick said, nodding to Destiny. "They're just two years apart."
Mom Caitlin Leasure was spending New Year's Eve with a house full of children. In addition to Destiny and daughter Karley, 12, she was babysitting her friend's four children in the family's Newton Falls home.
Though she began to experience labor pains at about 7 p.m., she delayed coming into the hospital. She spent a sleepless night before finally consenting to go to Robinson Memorial Hospital at about 5 a.m.
She said her due date wasn't until Jan. 18, and her doctor, Robert Egdell, had gotten her due date correct with Destiny.
"This was completely unexpected," she said.
The family got another surprise when they learned that Lilianah was the first child born at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna in 2013. She weighs 5 pounds, 11 ounces and is 18.5 inches long.
The family is happy that their baby is perfectly healthy, since her twin sister did not survive the pregnancy.
Leasure said stress from her mother's death, coupled with low aminiotic fluid, caused her to lose the child.
But Lilianah is a strong, healthy child, they said.
"She's healthy," Danny Grassick said. "That's all that matters."
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