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Eloise Mary was born on Wednesday.

Molson Coors employee didn't go in on Wednesday after wife went into labor

Willie Nellen was scheduled to work at Molson Coors ("Miller" to Milwaukeeans) on Wednesday, but he never made it to work because just hours before his shift was to begin, his wife, Izzy, went into labor.

"If Izzy wouldn't have gone into labor, I would have reported to work like any other Wednesday," says Nellen, a supply chain process lead for the company.

Baby Eloise Mary was born healthy and beautiful at 1:27 p.m. at Froedert Hospital.

"I was absolutely over the moon, but shortly after her birth, the texts started coming in about the tragedy," says Nellen. "I had an immediate pit in my stomach."

Eloise joins brothers George, 5, and Henry 2. Izzy and the baby girl are doing well, but obviously Izzy struggles with the "what ifs" of the situation. "It's too overwhelming to think about right now," she says.

Baby Eloise Mary's grandmother and one of her namesakes, Mary Nellen, expressed the polarity of feelings the family is experiencing.

"Our hearts are full of joy with this new bundle, but we are all still shook at the would haves, could haves, and all the lives that were lost to a senseless act. We will continue to pray for these families and thank the Good Lord for his grace with ours," she says. "Hug your families. Hell, hug everyone."


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