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Posted: January 3, 2010 12:01 a.m.

First daughter

2010's first local baby will go home to a house full of siblings

By Brittany Thomas/

Francheska Wesley bonds with her new daughter Ramiya Denise Smith.

 No one believed Francheska Wesley when she told them she would have her baby on New Year’s Day, but mother’s intuition was right and she welcomed her daughter at 1:13 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Newton Medical Center.

 Ramiya Denise Smith was born roughly 45 minutes after her mom was admitted to NMC’s Birth Center. Weighing in at 6 pounds and 2.6 ounces and 19 inches long, the lovely little girl with a head full of dark hair is the fifth child for Wesley, who has four other children, ages 8, 5, 2 and 1.

 "No one believed me she was coming on New Year’s," said Wesley. "But at around 10 p.m. I started feeling pain. At around 11 p.m. I left my boyfriend at home and got to the hospital a little after midnight."

 When she arrived, despite all the pain she had been in, she said she was surprised that she was already 7 centimeters dilated, just three away from being ready to push. With no time for any pain medication, labor and delivery was done the natural way and after 10 minutes of pushing, Ramiya arrived.

"When they told me there wasn’t any time for medicine I was in tears," she said. "My main words were ‘I can’t.’ But I had no choice, she was coming and I had to help get her here."

Wesley said that so far Ramiya has been a good baby, very alert and content. Although her other children haven’t been able to see their baby sister yet, they are ready for her to come home.

"I don’t want to tell them when we’re coming home," said Wesley. "I just want to walk in the door with her and see the surprise on their faces. They are all really ready to see her though."

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