Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Trentonian (Trenton, New Jersey), January 2, 2009
Two teen lovebirds described yesterday as their happiest New Year yet as they jumped into parenthood with the birth of Nah’sir Rayzohn Moore—Trenton’s first born baby of 2009.
“It’s the best feeling ever,” 15-year-old Essence Underwood of Hamilton said 12 hours after giving birth to her first child. “I never thought I’d have a baby at age 15.”
“I’m happy, it doesn’t matter when he was born,” said Essence’s boyfriend of exactly two years and Nah’sir’s father, Glenn Ray Moore III, 16, of Burlington City.
Their newborn son weighed a healthy 5 pounds, 15 ounces as the infant rang in the new year at 4:18 a.m. in front of his newfound relatives at Capital Health System-Mercer Campus hospital.
Essence attends the Mercer County Project TEACH alternative school for pregnant or parenting teens. Glenn is a 10th-grade student at Burlington City High.
Like mom, the child’s daddy expressed hopes that his baby boy will grow into a fine man who excels in school and embarks on a prestigious career.
So how did the name “Nah’sir” come about? “I looked on the Internet for his (first) name,” Essence said. “We chose from many different types of names, and we finally chose Nah’sir. I thought it would be interesting to put the apostrophe in the middle.”
The middle name “Rayzohn” is a combination Glenn’s middle name and the first name of his late grandpa John. Glenn said it was his mom’s idea to “get creative” by replacing the “J” with a “Z”—hence the name Rayzohn.