Six years after losing twins, Sean and Robin Cox believe their family is “complete” after having what is believed to be the first baby born in Butler County this year.
Quinn Mary Cox was delivered by Cesarean section at 9:04 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital, giving her the distinction of being 2018’s first Butler County baby. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.
In 2012, the Fairfield couple was expecting twins — a boy and girl — but they were born premature after 20 weeks and died after four hours.
But now that they have a son, Wyatt, and daughter, the Cox family is “complete,” she said. Having two children has made it “easier” for Robin to talk about the pains associated with losing the twins, she said.
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“Nothing can replace a child,” she said quietly as she held her daughter.
The 38-year-old mother went to the hospital on Sunday night because of high blood pressure concerns. She was monitored, then sent home around midnight. Six hours later, she returned to the hospital and had her daughter three hours later.
“It was going to be coming soon,” she said of her daughter.
“We weren’t sure, but we were preparing for Tuesday,” the new father said.
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They were told in the delivery room that Quinn was the first baby born this year at Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital. He never expected Quinn to be the county’s first, since she was born nine hours into the new year.
“We got lucky,” he said.
Robin Cox called motherhood “the best thing you could ever do” and she wouldn’t “trade it for the world.”
Just then, Quinn, being held by her father, started crying.
“She does have a set of lungs on her,” her mother said.
Sean Cox, 39, said he expects raising a daughter will have its special set of challenges. His son, Wyatt, will turn 3 later this month.
“A whole lot different,” he said with a laugh. “More to worry about there. She’s already proven that.”