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Rep. Tricia Cotham delivers a new 8-pound, 10-ounce constituent

N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham’s second baby – a rambunctious 8-pound, 10-ounce boy named Ryan Francis Meek – arrived Friday, instantly becoming a “social media baby” with his mom tweeting a running commentary before and after the delivery.

Ryan and older brother Elliot, born in 2010, are rarities in North Carolina – few sitting legislators have had babies in recent years. They are now members of a growing political family. Their mother, a Democrat, is in her fourth term in the N.C. House, representing east Charlotte and Matthews. Their father, attorney Jerry Meek, is a Democratic Party activist and former state party chair.

Their grandmother, Pat Cotham, also a Democrat, chairs the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.

Tricia Cotham’s tweeting began Thursday night: “Last night of pregnancy!?!” followed by the hashtag #ncpolbaby.

Four hours later, Tricia, 34, tweeted: “Excited to meet my baby! Let’s do this!”

Shortly after that, she wrote: “Grateful for all the wonderful friends, many doctors and nurses who take care of us over the last 9 months.”

Then: “I know I have been and will remain in good medical hands. Exciting times ahead!”

And this: “The @townofmatthews will get a new resident!!!!”

And she’ll be getting a new constituent. She wrote: “He’s not here yet, but we are ready! Really? Are you ever ready!? Ah!” That was probably in an anxious tone.

Eleven hours later she and husband Jerry were still waiting. She wrote: “Countdown to baby!”

Then: “I love my anesthesiologist.” And: “Who makes gift bags for the nurses? ME!” and shortly after that: “Excited daddy waiting!”

Finally, shortly after 12:13 p.m. Friday, Grandma Cotham couldn’t wait to tweet, grandly announcing: “Ryan Francis Meek, 8 lbs. and 10 oz. has arrived! Momma, Daddy, baby all doing well!”

A short time later, in a moment of quiet composure, Ryan’s mother added: “@JerryMeekJD and I are excited to announce the arrival of Ryan Francis Meek!”

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