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Hagerstown girl is Tri-State's first baby of '05

January 02, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Rebecca Marie Sanon was born at 12:02 a.m. Saturday at Washington County Hospital, officially making her the county's first New Year's 2005 baby.

While Rebecca was the first baby born Saturday, her parents, Marie L. and Rebert Sanon, who live near Hagerstown Community College, said the timing of Rebecca's birth was not as predicted.

Rebert, 39, said his daughter's due date was Jan. 4, but his wife went into labor before noon on Friday. She came to the hospital at about 11:30 a.m., her labor lasting more than 12 hours.

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Rebecca's birth weight was 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and she was 21 inches long.

Marie said Rebecca is her second child. Their first, Diosaya Schneider Sanon, 5, is living in Haiti, where both Marie's and Rebert's mothers live, and where Marie and Rebert are from.

Aside from taking reporters' questions about her newborn and the date being different, Marie said this birth was different from her first for another reason: "It really hurt."

The two have lived in Hagerstown for 13 years and work together at a mattress store, Rebert said. Marie's last day at work was Dec. 22 before taking time off to give birth.

It could be some time before Rebecca gets to see her grandmothers, however. The delay to get the paperwork to bring family here is long, Rebert said. It is likely family in Haiti won't see Rebecca until August, when Rebert and Marie plan to fly down.

Rebecca and Marie were resting quietly together Saturday afternoon in the obstetrics wing of the hospital. Rebert and his cousin were in the room with them.

Marie said she planned to take some extra time to rest.

In the Tri-State area, hospitals in Berkeley County, W.Va., and Franklin County, Pa., also reported their first newborns of 2005.

· Tatiana Bonilla was born at 7:07 a.m. at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital. Tatiana's parents are Stella Smith-Bonilla, 27, and Carlos Bonilla, 32.

Stella said New Year's Day was Tatiana's due date, and she has three sisters.

Of her four children, Stella said Tatiana is "the only one who actually came on her due date."

· Destiny Marie Parsell was born at 3:35 a.m. at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. Destiny's parents are Tiffany Sirbaugh, 19, and Aaron Parsell, 21.

Tiffany said Destiny has one sister, who will be 3 in February.

· Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., had not recorded any births by Saturday afternoon.

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