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Late arrival for New Year's baby: First birth of 2017 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's is Azyloh Roberts

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When Azyloh Roberts was born at 9:22 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, he became the first recorded birth of 2017 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes — which was something his mother, Ambrosia Roberts, hadn't really expected.

"He was a week overdue," she said on Wednesday morning, adding with a laugh, "he was a little overcooked."

Azyloh has two older sisters, 7-year-old Azaliah and 2-year-old Airliina: When asked about their unusual names, Ambrosia said that it was all her idea, noting that she had just named her son that morning.

"I didn't have a name picked out," she added. "I have to see them (born) to name them."

Other than his late arrival, Azyloh was born without complications, weighing in at a very healthy 10 pounds, 2 ounces, and his mom said she expected him to be discharged later that day.

When asked if her family was excited to welcome him home, she said yes, but added that Azyloh would not be coming home with her.

"My cousin will be adopting him," she said, adding somberly, "He needs more than what I'm able to give him."

Ambrosia's cousin, Ashley Lerud, and her husband Josh, will be raising Azyloh as part of their family, which already includes four kids between the ages of 7 and 19 months.

"Our oldest, a 7-year-old girl, is adopted too," said Ashley, who later gave birth to a son and two more girls.

When asked why she agreed to the adoption, Ashley said with a smile, "I wanted another boy."

"I still get to be in his life, as a co-parent," Ambrosia added.

Ashley said it was an easy decision to let Ambrosia continue to be a part of the boy's life, as they had known each other all their lives. "I used to babysit her when I was a teenager," she added.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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