Shenitria Kitchens didn’t know when she arrived at AU Medical Center at 2 a.m. Sunday that she would have many hours of labor ahead of her but that long wait also meant her son would be the first baby born in Augusta in 2018.
Messiah Kitchens was born at 12:40 a.m. Monday after 21 hours of labor for his mother, who was having her first child. The boy weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces. He just beat Ty Anthony Calloway, who was born at Doctors Hospital at 12:50 a.m., to become the first baby of the year.
“I didn’t know I was going to make it to 12 because I was having really bad contractions,” said Kitchens, 18. But Messiah had decided “he’s going to come when he wants to,” joked her boyfriend, Tyree Ingram.
The child lay in his mother’s arms blissfully unaware of any visitors or any commotion that preceded him.
“He’s smiling,” Ingram said.
Her water broke at her home in Sandersville and then it was a hectic 1 1/2 hour drive to Augusta.
“We were going 80 in a 60” mph zone, Ingram admitted.
“It’s a good thing I wasn’t contracting,” Kitchens said.
Both mother and child look calm and happy now. The boy’s name was inspired by a cross on her stomach and “because he’s special,” Kitchens said.
When he gets a little older, his mother plans to go to school to become a registered nurse “because I like being around people and helping people,” she said.
For now, she is happy to let the nurses tend to her.
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