TROY — Mom just knew it was going to be.
With a due date of Jan. 10, Brooke Montgomery of Piqua said she knew she was going to have the first baby in Miami County in 2016 — and she did.
“This whole time I’ve been saying I’m having the New Year’s baby,” Montgomery said. “Because my due date was so close, I told everyone that I was going to have the New Year’s baby. I knew it was going to happen.”
Baby Josephine Casper Montgomery came into the world at 4:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at Upper Valley Medical Center, according to Montgomery, following a 21-hour labor that started about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. She said she went to the hospital about 6 p.m. Thursday.
The baby girl, whose father is Kambren Burch of Piqua, weighed in at 7 pounds and 8 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long at birth.
She was delivered by Dr. Daniel Dilworth.
She is Montgomery’s first child, and may be the only child after the extended birthing process, Montgomery said.
“It really hurt,” she said. “I’m not sure I want to do that again.”
However, now that Josephine is here, Montgomery said she understands what people mean by a mother’s love.
“I don’t even know how to explain it, it is just awesome,” said Montgomery, who said she received a gift basket and gift card from the hospital.
Montgomery said Josephine’s birthday will be pretty easy to remember, and her birth will be a talking point for the rest of her life.
Josephine also will be welcomed home by her maternal grandmother, Niki Pate of Piqua.