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Baby boy is Coshocton Hospital’s first of 2013

| January 9, 2013

first babyCOSHOCTON – As people throughout Coshocton County were ringing in the New Year with parties and celebrations, Kristi DeMeo was in labor as she and her husband Michael maneuvered icy streets on their 25 minute drive from home to Coshocton Hospital. Their celebration began at 10:04 a.m. as they welcomed their son, Deakon Emmanual, the First Coshocton Hospital Baby of the New Year.

Michael DeMeo beamed as he spoke of the Jan. 1 arrival of his 9.2 ounce, 22 inch son. “I’m on cloud nine,” he said. “I don’t believe my feet have touched the ground since he was born!”

The DeMeos are both employed by Buehler’s Food Market; Kristi works in the kitchen and Michael in the meat department. They were married in October, and starting a family together had always been a part of their plan. “Deakon was a happy surprise,” said Kristi. “We’ve ended up doing what we wanted to do, just not in the order we had planned.”

Deakon is welcomed to the family by his six-and-a-half-year-old brother Conner Blakley, maternal grandparents Mike and Sheri Jones of West Lafayette and fraternal grandparents Ronald and Elsie DeMeo of Mineral City.

When asked what plans Kristi and Michael have made for Deakon’s future, their shared response was to plan the best for him, but let him be who he wants to be. They added that his brother may have plans of his own, suggesting Conner is anxious to share is love of sports – especially softball – with his new little brother.

To celebrate Deakon’s arrival as the first baby of the year, Coshocton Hospital Birthing Centre staff presented the family with a basket of gifts for the newborn. The basket contained a variety of infant necessities including diapers, sleepers, electrical outlet covers, a booster seat, receiving blankets and toys.

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