By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The first Twin Cities baby of 2021 was born not too long after the clock struck midnight.

M Health Fairview St. John’s in Maplewood welcomed John Robert Hennessey at 12:27 a.m. He weighs 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

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John Hennessey. (Credit: M Health Fairview)

“He seems like a really laid back, relaxed little babe,” said his mother, Melissa Hennessey. “We’re excited to have a little sleepy snuggler to bring home to our family. I think we’re all looking forward to moving into the new year with a sense of peace and calm, and so far little John has certainly exhibited that calming presence for us!”

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Melissa and her husband Chris Hennessey chose to name their son John after Melissa’s great-grandfather John J. McDonough. He was a former mayor of St. Paul.

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Melissa, Chris, and baby John Hennessey (Credit: M Health Fairview)

John Hennessey is Melissa and Chris’ fifth child. He was born about three weeks before his due date after a 35-hour labor.