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It’s a boy!: Red Wing celebrates first baby of 2014

Mother Shelby McKinley cradles her firstborn son, Tayvis Mac McKinley, Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. Born Jan. 1, the 6-pound, 8-ounce boy is the first baby delivered at the medical center this year. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Less than 24 hours after the start of 2014, staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing welcomed the area’s first newborn of the year.

Tayvis Mac McKinley was born 9:58 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 1. The healthy baby boy weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces at birth and measured 20.5 inches long.

This is the first child for parents Shelby McKinley of Ellsworth and Josh Hardy of Red Wing.

“It was pretty cool,” said McKinley, recalling her reaction when nurses told her that she had given birth to the year’s first baby. “Not many people get that chance.”

The baby wasn’t expected for a few days yet, but McKinley said doctors decided to induce labor after an appointment New Year’s Eve morning. She was admitted to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing that afternoon.

The delivery went smoothly and without any major surprises, family members said.

McKinley said she decided to name her son Tayvis after hearing it for the first time several years back. “It just kind of stuck with me,” she said.

The family added that that the middle name is in honor Tayvis’ great-great-grandfather’s nickname.

To help commemorate the first baby of the year, McKinley was given a massage therapy gift certificate from the clinic’s Healing Arts department, according to a spokesperson.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing had 224 births last year.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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