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Welcome aboard, Noah

The first baby of the year in Jackson County — Noah Michael Moreland — was born at 12:30 a.m. Thursday to a couple with four daughters.

Noah, who quietly sucked his bottom lip and waved his fists during a press conference Thursday, came into the world at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches tall at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford.

He was the hoped-for boy of Lindsy and Jason Moreland of Ashland, who already have four girls from previous relationships.

"I grew up with all boys," Lindsy Moreland said. "Then, I had all girls. It has been a girl house, pink and dolls, so everyone in the house is excited about a boy."

In Josephine County, the first baby of the year was Kevin Guan Zhen, who was born at 12:03 a.m. at Three Rivers Community Hospital to Chunai Guan and Jianqiao Zhen.

Jason, who works for a pest company, and Lindsy Moreland, a homemaker, met in fall 2007 at a wedding of a mutual friend at the Ashland Christian Fellowship.

"We knew in a week we would marry," Lindsy said.

The couple share a desire for children and may have another baby in a few years, she said.

When Lindsy learned she was pregnant nine months ago, she and Jason told her parents the news by presenting them with a newborn's blue and white striped one-piece with a football embroidered on it.

"We didn't know what the baby was," Lindsay said. "It was boy incentive."

The Rogue Valley Medical Center's auxiliary on Thursday presented the couple with a basket of baby items and a homemade stocking that said "2009".

Jason Moreland's family gathered around Noah and his parents during the event.

Noah who wore the outfit Thursday is mostly bald with a light fuzz on his head. He inherited his father's blue eye color and "duck lips", Lindsy said.

"We knew he would have his dad's lips from the long line of 3D Ultrasounds," she said.

The Morelands wanted a biblical name for their son and asked their three daughters for suggestions."

Eight-year-old Parker Rose suggested naming him "Baby Jesus", Lindsy recalled with a giggle.

Lindsy went into labor at the family's apartment in Ashland.

"The bumps are not fun," she said.

She remained in labor for seven and a half hours. Dr. Nancy Hagloch delivered Noah.

The older daughters watched the birth.

"They were so excited," she said. "It was a good experience for them."

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.

Jason Moreland of Ashland sits in the Rogue Valley Medical Center with his new son, Noah Michael, the first baby born in 2009 in the Jackson County. Mail Tribune Photo / Jamie Lusch - Jamie Lusch