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Babies make it a special Father's Day

June 16, 1997

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

When his wife asked him on Saturday what he wanted for Father's Day, Tim Wilson joked that a healthy baby would make the perfect gift.

With Karen Wilson's due date still four days off, the Hagerstown couple had a good laugh at the idea.

But they weren't laughing at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning, when Karen went into active labor and it started to look like Wilson would get his flippant wish.

Considering how quickly their first two children came - each labor lasted about two hours - Wilson wasted no time in getting his wife up to Waynesboro, Pa., Hospital, where he helped deliver his second son, Matthew Joseph Wilson, born at 11:54 a.m.

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It was "pretty appropriate" that the baby came on Father's Day, said Wilson, 30, one of several Tri-State fathers blessed with Sunday arrivals.

Bill Mowen said he got the best Father's Day present possible in his new son, William "Billy" Mowen, born at noon Sunday at Washington County Hospital.

"I always wanted a boy," said Mowen, 27, who said he hadn't gotten his hopes up despite a promising sonogram.

The Waynesboro, Pa., couple didn't even have a boy's name picked out for their third child, who they planned to call Savannah if it was a girl.

The baby was due Tuesday, said mom Heather Mowen.

But after the due date came and went, Mowen said she found herself hoping for a few more days.

"I had said if it was going to be late, I wanted it to be on Father's Day, make it worth it," said Mowen, 23, who went into labor around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Like her husband, she said she was rooting for a little boy.

Still, a healthy little girl would have been equally wonderful, the Mowens said.

Raymond Lee and Tina Marie Shaffer weren't expecting their second child for another week.

But when their doctor decided to induce labor on Saturday, the Martinsburg, W.Va., couple began to suspect a conversation they had last month would prove prophetic.

"We joked about this about a month ago," said Raymond Shaffer, 30. "She said it was a good Father's Day present for me."

After a difficult 15 hours of labor, Tina Shaffer gave birth to her second daughter, Brittany Marie Shaffer, at 9:22 a.m. Sunday at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

While he admits they were hoping for a boy to carry on the Shaffer name - Shaffer is the last male in his line - the sonogram left little hope, Shaffer said.

"I grew up with three older sisters," he said. "Now I'm still in a home with three women."

Shaffer insists he isn't complaining, however.

"It's a wonderful present," he said. "It's the best present you could have on Father's Day, to be blessed with a healthy baby."

Boyd and Carrie Butler were also surprised with an earlier- than-expected delivery.

The Glengary, W.Va., couple had been given a June 19 due date for their second child.

But when Carrie Butler started having labor pains at about 1 a.m. Sunday, Boyd Butler said he figured he was getting the best Father's Day gift he could get.

His first son - Aaron Douglas Butler - was born at 4:43 a.m. at City Hospital, he said.

While another daughter would have been great, Butler, 27, said he was thrilled to have a son "to have someone to hunt with and things like that and to carry on the Butler name."

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