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First baby is born one minute after midnight

January 01, 2001

First baby is born one minute after midnight



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

McKenzie familySierra Nicole McKenzie, 1 day old today, sure knows how to make an entrance.

While her Warfordsburg, Pa. parents were watching the New Year's Eve ball drop on television, she was doing some moving of her own.

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And so opting to provide her own excitement, and make New Year's Day truly memorable, she left her mother's womb at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Her parents were watching "Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve" in the hospital room. In a bit of showmanship, Sierra apparently decided to come out as soon as the ball was down. She weighed 6 pounds when she was born.

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"We were watching the ball drop when she came out," said Sierra's mother, Erica McKenzie, 23.

"As soon as the ball dropped, everything happened," said the father, William McKenzie, 27.

He works for Red Barron Furniture & Carpet in Williamsport, while she is a stay-at-home mom. He was born in Hancock, she in Berkeley Springs, W. Va.

Sierra was her second child, his third.

They were not intending to have Sierra until later in the week - the due date was Thursday - so the timing was just a coincidence, the parents said.

The couple was at home when Erica McKenzie's contractions became more serious Sunday afternoon. When they got to the hospital about 6 p.m., Erica was four centimeters dilated, William said.

Sierra was the first of five births at the Washington County Hospital before 8 p.m. Monday.

She beat out a 1:55 a.m. delivery at the Waynesboro hospital, when Stephanie Schmidt of Waynesboro, Pa. gave birth to Lacey Schmidt.

The earliest delivery at Chambersburg Hospital Monday was at 11 a.m. Further information was not available.

Babies at other Tri-State hospitals were born later in the day.

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