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New Year's baby worth the wait

January 01, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Peyton Reese Schnebly was expected to be born Dec. 20.

But when Kasey Schnebly's due date came and went, she and her husband, Mark Schnebly, thought their daughter might be born on Christmas Day.

Kasey, 26, never did go into labor though, and at 11 days past her due date, doctors at Washington County Hospital induced labor on New Year's Eve.

At 12:20 a.m. on Thursday, Kasey gave birth to Peyton -- the Clear Spring couple's first child and the first baby born at Washington County Hospital in 2009.

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She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long, Kasey said.

"She looks just like me," she said of her daughter. "And look at that hair."

Peyton already has a full head of dark hair, and about 13 hours after being born was napping in her mother's arms. It was the first time she had slept all day, the couple said.

"I think she's starting to settle in," said Mark, 29.

The couple said that nurses kept telling them that Peyton would be the first baby of the new year, but they weren't so sure.

"We're just glad she's here and she's healthy," Kasey said. "The date is just the date."

The couple met while attending Clear Spring High School when Kasey was a freshman and Mark was a senior. They will have been together for 12 years in May, and it was seven years ago on New Year's Eve that Mark asked Kasey to marry him.

Mark works at MidAtlantic Farm Credit as a credit analyst, and Kasey is a nurse practitioner for Health at Work.

They named their daughter after Kasey's favorite football player, Peyton Manning, and Mark's favorite actress, Reese Witherspoon.

While watching football one day before the couple learned they were expecting, Kasey said that Peyton would make a nice name for a girl, and Mark quickly offered the middle name Reese.

"It kind of stuck," Kasey said. "We hoped we would have a girl because we couldn't think of a good boy name."

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