By Stephani Duff
For the Troy Daily News
It’s a boy.
Miami County has welcomed the first baby born in the county this year at Upper Valley Medical Center.
At 5:59 a.m. Jan. 2, first time parents, Ryan and Michelle Shefbuch, welcomed healthy baby boy Tanner Ryan Shefbuch.
Tanner weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces.
“Michelle was due on the seventh and we thought she might go into labor early,” Ryan said.
Baby Tanner almost came in third, however.
“We were told there were two other moms that scheduled their inducements in order to have the first baby of the year, but they both went early,” he said.
Ryan, an employee at Good Samaritan Hospital in the EP Lab, and Michelle, who works for Midwest Ohio Dental Care in Sidney and Piqua, were both born and raised in Piqua, where they live now, and are both graduates of Piqua High School.
Both Michelle and Ryan’s parents are Piqua residents, as well; Ryan’s parents are excited to welcome Tanner as their sixth grandchild and Michelle’s parents are excited to have their second grandchild in the family.
Initially the couple — married for six years — did not want children, but soon changed their mind and surprised their families on Father’s Day in 2013.
“They were completely shocked and could not wait to have another baby in the family,” Ryan said. “Michelle’s mom was able to be a part of the birth and it was such a special moment for her.”
The new parents have long enjoyed spoiling their niece and nephews and are looking forward to seeing what sort of loud and noisy toys their family will gift to Tanner in the coming years.
“Everyone has been incredibly generous,” said Michelle and Ryan, who they both are thrilled and honored to have the first baby of 2014.”We got a wonderful goodie basket from the maternity ward at UVMC and have been very fortunate to not have to buy anything for Tanner yet because of all the gifts we’ve been given.”