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Madilyn is Washington County's first arrival

January 02, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HAGERSTOWN - Madilyn Rose Mills was the first of more than 2,000 babies expected to be born this year at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Weighing in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces, the 19-inch infant girl was born at 5:47 a.m. Tuesday, making her the first child born in 2008 in Washington County.

"I thought other people got more excited about that ... than we did," said the newborn's father, Chester Mills, 37, of Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown.

"She's real ... She's got all the parts," Mills said smiling about five hours after she was born.

He and his girlfriend, Heather Fix, 31, said they wanted to have a child together, but didn't try to plan it for New Year's.

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The child was born within the time frame predicted by the mother's physician after more than 12 hours of labor. The birth was natural, other than a small amount of pain medication, Fix said. The firsttime mother was expecting to stay at the hospital until Thursday.

"I haven't napped yet," said Fix, who chose to give her child a name that "you don't hear anymore."

"To me, it's more of a 1950s name," Fix said. The child's middle name was chosen to honor Mills' grandmother, Mills said.

"It brings a tear to my eye,' said Fix's father, Harold Fix Jr., of his youngest daughter's first child and his fourth grandchild.

"I am super happy, what else can you say."

Washington County Hospital officials expected at least one more expecting mother to give birth on New Year's.

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