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Welcome to Tampa Bay: Here are the first born babies of 2021

These families rang in the new year welcoming a new member into their lives!
Credit: Ashley Jeffery
J'Lon Kiffen was born at 4:51 a.m. at AdventHealth Tampa -- the hospital's first baby of 2021.

TAMPA, Fla. — These babies decided to skip 2020 altogether and make their debut into the world on New Year's Day 2021. 

AdventHealth Tampa says it welcomed its first baby just before 5 a.m. Friday. Baby boy J'Lon Armoni Kiffin was born at 4:51 a.m. at the hospital. He weighs 6 pounds and 9 ounces and is 19 3/4 inches long. 

The hospital says J'lon and his mom are "resting well."

Credit: Ashley Jeffery
J'Lon Kiffen was born at 4:51 at AdventHealth Tampa -- the hospital's first baby born in 2021. Mom and baby are 'resting well,' the hospital says.

Just after midnight, little Claire Carvalho was born at Tampa General Hospital. The hospital says she arrived at 12:12 a.m. Jan. 1. She weighs 7 pounds and 13 ounces and is 20 1/2 inches long. 

Dr. Adetola Louis-Jacques of USF Health and the TGH team delivered the baby.

Credit: Tampa General Hospital
Newborn Claire Carvalho is held by proud parents William and Priscila of Tampa after becoming the first baby born at Tampa General Hospital in 2021.

Staff at Manatee Memorial Hospital's Family BirthPlace welcomed a baby boy at 5:55 a.m. The baby's name is Arav Uddin Mayed, and he was born to mom Abida Binte Sanuwa and dad Md Moinuddin. He weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.

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Baby Arav Uddin Mayed was born to mother Abida Binte Sanuwa and father Md Moinuddin.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2021 at 1:39 a.m. Messiah Mays was born to Bradenton parents Jordan Sawmiller and Quay Mays.

“We knew we might have the first baby of 2021, but we weren’t sure," Sawmiller said. "Then he was born and everyone was just congratulating us and so excited."

Credit: Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Bradenton parents Jordan Sawmiller and Quay Mays welcomed baby Messiah Mays on January 1, 2021.

In St. Petersburg, Bayfront Health says it welcomed its first baby at 3:40 a.m. The baby girl weighed 4 pounds and 14 ounces.

This is a developing story. As more hospitals share with us the first babies born and their photos, we'll add them to this story. Check back for updates.

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