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Colleton County welcomes New Year baby

Colleton County officially has its first baby of the New Year.

Elijah Colton Smith was born at Colleton Medical Center on January 1st at 11:09 p.m.

He weighed 6 pounds, 12-ounces and was 20 inches long.

Elijah is the son of parents Justin and Ashley Smith, who are residents of Ruffin.

According to dad, Justin, Elijah wasn’t due to make his appearance until January 6th. However, his wife, Ashley, began having “some serious contractions” on New Year’s Day.

“We had no idea we would have the first baby of the New Year, but it’s exciting,” he said.

Elijah is the sixth child for Justin and Ashley. “We have six boys now,” he said. “We are hoping for a girl next time,” he said, laughing.

To honor Elijah being the first baby of 2018, Justin says the hospital’s nursing staff gave the couple rattlers, baby wash and some baby supplies. “Our gift is that we got our baby,” he said.

According to Justin, he was able to choose his son’s name. “She wouldn’t let me name him a ‘junior,’ but I got to pick what I wanted,” he said. “Elijah is a unique name. All of our children have unique names.”

Ashley and baby were both doing fine on January 2nd, and were still at Colleton Medical Center. “I’ve had all of my children here,” she said.


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