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Tale of New Year's babies born 100 years apart puts time in perspective

Weaverville native Minnie Rice celebrated her 100th birthday on January 1, 2018. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A tale of two New Year's Day babies remind us to cherish every moment. Normally, this is the moment we show you the first baby born in the new year, but this year, you could say we found a bonus baby who grew up to be a centenarian.

Our sense of time depends on the time of our lives. At Mission Hospital, Rylie Nesbitt's adorable little face was the latest in a time-honored TV news tradition.

"Of course, Rylie had to come in with a bang!" her proud mother told News 13.

At 12:30 a.m., Courtney and Quenton Nesbitt welcomed their 6-pound daughter into the world, making her Asheville's first baby of the new year.

"She's our little miracle," Courtney said. "What a great way to start the new year."

For years to come, she'll be reminded how daddy drove her mother two and half hours in an ice storm just to get her to the hospital from Hendersonville.

"Well, it was slick, icy, cars going everywhere," Quenton recalled.

"We are exhausted, but we are so blessed," Courtney beamed. "It's a whirlwind of emotions but we are ecstatic and she's our little miracle. What a great way to start the new year. "

Meanwhile, the story of Weaverville native Minnie Rice reminds us that seconds can turn into decades in a New York minute. Rice was born on New Year's Day back in 1918.

"Oh, wow that's amazing," Courtney said, reacting to her birthday.

The Nesbitt's can only hope their baby's life turns out as rich as Minnie's. On her 100th birthday, she was surrounded by family, including granddaughter Sherrie Waldrup.

"My granny, she's always been there for me and all of my family, she's a very strong woman," Waldrup said. "I remember she was always like my second mother."

Tender moments with great grandkids were the greatest.

"I love you," she said to her great granddaughter. "I love you a whole lot."

Minnie's secret to a long and happy life is staying active and embracing her family. Timeless advice, whether it's 1918 or 2018.

Back at Mission Hospital, the distinct date of birth gives the Nesbitt's even more to look forward to.

"It's a fun birthday," Courtney said of her little newborn's big day. "She'll always be celebrated. We'll go big."

"Probably the first step, crawling," Quenton said.

"All the way to a long life filled with happiness," Courtney added. "I hope she finds something she loves and goes after it with all her heart."

January 1, 2018, was just day one.

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