Destiny's arrival 'was destined to happen that way'

Williamsport woman gives birth to first baby born at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown in 2013

January 01, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Leanne Marie Fairbank gave birth on Tuesday to Destiny Shantel Fairbank, the first baby born in 2013 at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

Leanne Marie Fairbank said she was expecting her daughter to be born around Christmas Day, but instead Destiny became the first baby born at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown in 2013.

Destiny Shantel Fairbank was born at 2:52 a.m. on Tuesday, Fairbank said. She weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.

“It was destined to happen that way,” the 23-year-old mother said as she held Destiny, who was wrapped in a blue blanket and wearing a pink hat. “My due date was Dec. 26, and I was going to name her something else, but being on New Year’s Day, it just seemed like it was bound to happen.”

Fairbank, who grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, said she moved to Williamsport two weeks ago from Morristown, Tenn., to be with her mother and grandmother.

She has another daughter, Kiyah, who is 2, and said she actually had a bet with her aunt over whether Destiny would be born before or after the new year. She bet that Destiny would arrive before the new year and obviously lost.


“It’s enjoyable to know that so many people take attention to the first baby of the year,” she said. “It’s still stunning to me. I think that’s pretty cool.”

Fairbank went into labor Monday morning before being sent home, then she went back to the hospital at about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

“We’re scared that she’s going to get real jealous,” Fairbank said of Kiyah. “But ... she saw pictures of the baby, and she said that was her sissie.”

Regardless of how Kiyah and Destiny work out, they might not have to worry about getting along with another sibling.

“I’m not having any more kids after this one,” Fairbank said. “That was too painful.”

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