Monroe family welcomes first Butler County baby of 2017

A 7-pound girl welcomed into the world early Sunday morning at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital was the first baby born in 2017 in Butler County.

Aubrey Elaine Mersch was born at 2:05 a.m. to parents Eric and Christy Mersch of Monroe.

“We were hoping she would be the first of the year,” Christy Mersch said, noting she went into labor Saturday afternoon. “But the longer it got after midnight, we didn’t know.”

Big sister, Micah, 2, met Aubrey a few hours later and was excited and protective.

“She said, ‘This is my baby sister,’ ” Christy Mersch said.

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Parents Eric and Christy Mersch of Monroe welcomed baby Aubrey, the first Butler County baby of 2017, at 2:05 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital. The new baby joined a family that already included daughter Micah. CONTRIBUTED

Parents Eric and Christy Mersch of Monroe welcomed baby Aubrey, the first Butler County baby of 2017, at 2:05 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital. The new baby joined a family that already included daughter Micah. CONTRIBUTED

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Parents Eric and Christy Mersch of Monroe welcomed baby Aubrey, the first Butler County baby of 2017, at 2:05 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital. The new baby joined a family that already included daughter Micah. CONTRIBUTED

And when some family members showed up to hold the new baby, Micah said “I don’t want to share.”

Christy Mersch said she was kind of hoping for a boy, but is so happy to have a healthy daughter.

“She is so sweet,” she said. Mother and daughter are doing well.

Eric Mersch, a local chiropractor, said they knew the sex of the baby before birth and were very excited for the new addition.

“I was good either way,” Eric Mersch said. “But we felt well prepared with a second girl.”

He added that he’s aware that he is outnumbered by females, so he is thankful for the family’s male dog.

The couple said they believe Aubrey will embrace her unique birthday as she grows up.

“We were thinking, how great it will be to always have a countdown to your birthday, always have the day off and be able to spend it with family,” Christy Mersch said.

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