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'I didn't realize I was the first one': West Suburban in Oak Park welcomes 1st baby born

West Suburban Medical Center staff welcomed the new year with the hospital’s first baby of 2019, as a Maywood pastor and his wife welcomed the fifth child to their family.

David Luke Crowe was born at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, to Jeremy and Nerissa Crowe, according to hospital spokeswoman Stasia Thompson. The baby boy entered the world measuring 19.5 inches long and weighing in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

“It was already 7 a.m. when I delivered him,” Nerissa Crowe said. “I didn't realize I was the first one.”

“I thought he would come a couple weeks early,” Jeremy Crowe said. “Whenever he came, he came. The main thing is health baby, healthy mind.”

At about 3 a.m., Nerissa Crowe started going into labor.

“My due date was December 30,” she said. “He came a couple days late.”

Micah James, 12; Josiah Thomas, 11; Caris Lucia, 9; and Caleb Andrew, 4, are David's older siblings.

“My boys, their first name is an Old Testament name and their middle name is a New Testament name,” Jeremy Crowe said. “David is our fourth boy.”

He said that using the Bible to create names for his boys is something he takes pride in.

“It's something I do and try to follow,” Jeremy said.

He said he and his wife were joined not only by their children, but also their grandparents to welcome the new baby.

“They knew it was coming, but it's still a surprise,” he said.

He said that knowing the family was able to come together to welcome David to the world means a lot.

“It's certainly helpful,” he said. “My parents live in Indiana. Her parents come from the Philippines.”

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