It's a New Year, Baby

Melinda Moss attends to her new daughter, Taylor Makenzie, who was born Jan. 24 at Blue Mountain Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches. The Eagle/Brenda Bagett

Welcome Taylor Makenzie Moss, Grant County's first baby of 2005, born to Melinda and James Moss of John Day.

She was the first baby of the new year, but the fifth and "last" to complete the Moss family, James said.

"You should start up a basketball team," was some advice for Melinda Moss from her dad, after she gave birth to her third little girl.

Taylor Makenzie Moss was born at 5:13 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, at Blue Mountain Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches.

Taylor joins sisters, 6-year-old MaKayla, 4-year-old Bailey, 2-year-old Brittani and 1-year-old Sydnie, all looking forward to helping out with their new little sister.

Her oldest sister, MaKayla, was exited and could hardly wait for her to arrive.

With five little girls, time management is a big challenge. They overcome it by sticking to a routine and splitting up their duties.

"James jumps right in and helps with everything, from changing diapers, cooking and laundry, to mixing formula," Melinda said.

They chose Grant County to raise their family.

"Living here, it's easier raising this many kids because we are surrounded by family and friends, who help out a lot. In a bigger city, we would not be this fortunate," James said.

The family has a four-door vehicle, but plans to get a van so they can shop and stock up on supplies.

"My mom works at the Grubsteak and hears when friends are heading to Costco. We've found that Costco has the best deal on diapers," Melinda said.

Paternal grandparents are Sid and Cyndie Moss of Tygh Valley; Paternal great-grandparents are Shirley and R.B. Moss, Tygh Valley; Frank and Mabel Vogt of Tygh Valley; and Mary Rodkey of The Dalles.

Maternal grandparents are Norma Lemberger of John Day and John and Bonnie Lemberger of Fairbanks, Alaska.

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