2021 arrives with bundles of joy in SWFL: First births of the new year in Lee, Collier

Collier and Lee county hospitals celebrate the new year with babies born shortly…

2021 arrives with bundles of joy in SWFL: First births of the new year in Lee, Collier 1

Michael Braun
| Fort Myers News-Press

Collier County’s first baby of the new year will join a full house — three sisters and two brothers — while one of Lee County’s new 2021 births is her parents’ first.

In Collier, the 5-pound, 15-ounce baby girl who greeted 2021 was born to Jeanmary and Sandy Laurent shortly after the new year got under way at 1:04 a.m.

In Lee County, Harmony Duncan, 22, and David Torres, 25, were beyond happy that their bundle of joy, Adalynn Storm Torres, joined the world shortly after 2 a.m.

The Laurents named their new little one Ozara, which Sandy Laurent said means “God’s treasure.”

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Sandy Laurent, resting with her daughter Friday morning at the NCH Healthcare System Northeast facility, seemed glad to have the old year behind the family.

“2020 has been a tough year,” she said. “But I thank God for everything. I’m excited.”

Jeanmary Laurent, spelling his exhausted wife on the phone, said he was happy about the birth of his sixth child and called the experience “wonderful.”

He said six children will be a lot of work but said the work was “happy.”

The couple’s other children include three girls ages 13, 11 and 10 and two boys 7 and 3.

The couple are Haitian. Jeanmary Laurent arrived 20 years ago in the U.S. His wife has lived here almost 15 years.

Adalynn Torres was Lee County’s second birth of the new year. The parents of the county’s first baby declined the notoriety. Both were born at Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center.

“She was 8 pounds and 6 ounces,” said Adalynn’s mom, Harmony Duncan. “And 20 and a half inches,” dad David Torres added.

The Cape Coral couple hails from near and far. Torres was born in Fort Myers, while Duncan is a northeast Ohio native and an avowed Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeye fan from Parma Heights, a Cleveland suburb.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Duncan said, adding that the couple’s family was celebrating the birth. “Everybody is more than excited. They can’t wait to meet her.”

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