Hagerstown mother sees her daughter arrive on Mother's Day

May 14, 2001

Hagerstown mother sees her daughter arrive on Mother's Day


Sunday, Joy King got the best Mother's Day present of all.

Just a few minutes after midnight, King, of Hagerstown, gave birth to a 7-pound baby girl at Washington County Hospital.

King's daughter, Adrienne Elizabeth King, came three days late and was a surprise, she said.

"It was just a coincidence, but I'm glad it did," fall on the holiday, she said.

King's daughter was the first baby born at the hospital on Mother's Day, a nursing supervisor said. A second holiday baby was born to Daphne Anderson-Hughes and Francis Hughes at 5:22 p.m.

The Hugheses, of Hagerstown, named their 7-pound son Nathan Emmanuel.

Joy King, 18, went into labor around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after she and her husband, Shad King, decided to take a walk around the city to get her delivery jump-started.


King said her labor was less than two hours and not as difficult as when she delivered her son Tyler Anthony Socks, 2.

The birth of his daughter, Adrienne, was one of the most exciting things to ever happen to him, said Shad King, 20, who is a lance corporal in the U.S. Marines.

He came home to Hagerstown for his daughter's birth from Japan, where his Marine unit is stationed, he said.

The Kings' black-haired, 17-inch-long baby girl was delivered naturally and her father was given the task of cutting the umbilical cord.

"It was a big fat cord. It was hard to cut," said the proud father. Shad King said his job was also to hold his wife's legs during the delivery.

Joy King said she spent the rest of Mother's Day cuddling with her new daughter and visiting with her mother and four sisters.

Her son, Tyler, got a good look at his sister for the first time Sunday afternoon, she said.

"He liked her," she said.

The Herald-Mail Articles