First baby of year joins big family

January 02, 2006|by ERIN CUNNIGHAM


When painful labor contractions began Friday, Mervet Frey's family took her to Washington County Hospital.

But the contractions were too far apart, so she was sent home.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, she returned to the hospital. And Sunday, at 2:18 a.m., she gave birth to Jacob Aden Frey - Washington County's first baby of 2006.

Frey, 43, lives with her husband, Lynn, in Smithsburg. The couple's daughter, Julia, is 17 months old. Mervet Frey also has a daughter from a previous marriage, and Lynn Frey has four children from a previous marriage.Jacob was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.


"He's a big boy," his mother said.

Sunday afternoon, Jacob was still flushed and small flakes of skin were peeling from his tiny feet. He was wearing a knit cap, and as his mother rubbed his back, he squinted his eyes and shaped his lips into a small circle.

"He's very alert," said Alfred Labib, Mervet Frey's brother.Frey said she did not realize she had given birth to the hospital's first baby of the year until after her son was born. She said that makes the day even more special for her and her family.

The hospital gave her a basket full of gifts for Jacob, including a tin time capsule, because he was the year's first child.

Mervet Frey said 2005 was one of the greatest years of her life because her husband had given her so many "nice surprises." One of their best surprises was when she became pregnant with Jacob, she said.

Frey began fertility treatments in 2002 and was in a rush to have more children because of her age, she said. She stopped the treatments shortly after they began because they did not work, she said.

"The baby was such a miracle," Labib said.

Mervet Frey's daughter, Judith Rinehart, 19, recently gave birth to her first son - and Frey's first grandchild - Isaiah.

Labib and his wife, Cody, have a 7-month-old son.

"It's a lot of kids," Mervet Frey said.

While pregnant with Jacob, Frey sold a tanning salon business she owned, knowing she wouldn't have time for it with two children younger than 2 years old.

The Freys, who will be married for four years Jan. 5, are building a home in Shippensburg, Pa., and hope to move there in February.

"It's a bigger place," Mervet Frey said.

Around the area

At Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, the year's first baby was the fifth for Rosalie Horst.

Horst, 31, gave birth to Eric Lee Horst at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. He was 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

Horst, who lives in Shippensburg, Pa., with her children and husband, Mark, said Eric was due Jan. 4.

"He was a little early," she said.

When she went into labor, Horst said, nurses were already speculating that she could deliver the hospital's first baby of 2006. After nine hours of labor, which Horst said was "too long," nurses gave her the good news.

"It is special," she said.

City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., had only one woman in labor throughout Sunday, according to a nursing supervisor. At 5:47 p.m., Gabrielle Delaney Samara Roberts was born. Her mother, Tiffany Gerver, arrived at the hospital at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Gabrielle weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches long, the supervisor said.

A Frederick County, Md., woman gave birth to the first baby of the new year at Frederick Memorial Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor there.

Rebecca Himes gave birth to Natas Augustus Himes at 4:38 a.m. She lives in Mount Airy, Md., with her husband, Robert.

Natas weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was more than 20 inches long, the supervisor said.

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