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Crow Wing County's first New Year baby born Thursday

Matt and Molly Zins of Pequot Lakes hold their son, Maury Edward at Essentia Hea

A red-headed baby boy who was due this past Christmas Day, decided to wait until the new year to become the first baby born in 2013 in Crow Wing County.

It may have taken two days, but at 12:12 a.m. Thursday, Maury Edward Zins was born at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby had its first baby born Thursday after 8 a.m. for 2013.

Maury Edward was born to Molly and Matt Zins of Pequot Lakes and he joins his big brother Liam, 4. Maury was 9 pounds, 1 ounce and 21 1/2 inches long.

Maury Edward was named after his late great grandfathers. Maury is Molly’s grandfather Maury McGrann and Edward is Matt’s grandfather Edward Zins.

“We were both surprised to find out that we had the first baby of the new year,” said Molly.

Matt added, “This place (hospital) was so quiet when we got here.”

The Zins were excited to finally have Maury as he was more than a week overdue.

“It was a long time waiting,” said Molly. “We’re really happy and we look forward to getting him home.”

Molly started feeling contractions New Year’s Day night and as they grew stronger they decided to go to the hospital at around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“It was a hard labor,” said Molly. “I don’t think there is no such thing as an easy labor.”

Maury was born a healthy boy and Dad says that he is eating and sleeping well. Molly said that Maury was a half pound larger than Liam was. She also said she had similar labors with both boys.

Molly said that Liam was expected to meet Maury later Thursday.

“He’s been asking for a sibling for awhile,” said Matt. “He wanted a girl. He kept saying it was going to be a girl and Molly and I both thought it was going to be a boy. But we’re sure he’s still going to love having a brother.” Maury’s proud grandparents are Lee and Kathy Zender of Breezy Point and Phillips and Mary Zins of Golden Valley.

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