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  • Staff photo by COREY PERRINE

    Tracy Montbleau of Mason looks at her newborn baby girl Ellie, Friday, Jan. 1 at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Nashua. Ellie was born at 2:08 a.m., the first known baby of the new year born in the Southern New Hampshire region for 2010. Ellie weighed in at 6 pounds 11 ounces and 19.5 inches long. "She's got two brothers to protect her," Tracy said. "She's definately the princess."
  • Staff photo by COREY PERRINE

    Owen Montbleau, 4, shows his mom, Tracy, a photo he took while his brother Ian, 3, holds their new baby sister Ellie and grandma, Catherine, all of Mason, looks on Friday, Jan. 1 at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Nashua.
Saturday, January 2, 2010

A new decade brings newborns

Staff Writer

NASHUA – Tracy Monbleau felt right at home delivering the city’s first baby of the new decade.

Monbleau works as a maternity nurse at St. Joseph Hospital. With the encouragement of colleagues who are like family, the 35-year-old delivered a 6-pound, 11-ounce girl only two hours into 2010.

“It’s a great experience working here,” the new mother said Friday afternoon from her hospital room.

“I get to share the same experience” with other mothers, she said.

Monbleau has helped other mothers in the hospital’s Childbirth Center for six years. And now she has taken advantage of the center to deliver three children.

The latest, Ellie, joins 4-year-old Owen and 3-year-old Ian in the Monbleau family.

Monbleau – who lives in Mason with her husband, Moe – expected to deliver Ellie on New Year’s Day, but didn’t manipulate the timing so that the newborn would be the decade’s first in this area.

It was a natural birth, Monbleau said. “All of my kids were natural. I did it the way I wanted to,” she said.

Ellie entered the world naturally at 2:08 a.m. Friday.

Coincidentally, another St. Joseph Hospital employee delivered the second baby born at the hospital this new year.

Jamie Morse, a physical therapist in the hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation services department, gave birth to a boy – 8-pound, 11-ounce Broden – at 2:45 a.m.

Broden is the first child for Jamie and husband, Loren Morse.

Across the city, Nashua’s other hospital didn’t see its first delivery until 11:53 a.m. Southern New Hampshire Medical Center helped Carrie Chang give birth to 7-pound Irene.

Chang’s husband, Alan Tian, said the married couple chose “Irene” as a name because it means “peace” in Greek. Irene joins brother Ethan, 2, in the family.

The Monbleaus chose their daughter’s name not because of a family member but because they like the sound of “Ellie.” As with most parents, Tracy Monbleau said her daughter will be free to follow her dreams when she’s older.

Albert McKeon can be reached at 594-5832 or amckeon@