SALISBURY, Md. - New mom, Micaela Williams, was in complete shock after she learned that her daughter Caelyn was the first baby born into the new year at PRMC. Caelyn Dennard was born at 1:24 AM weighing in at six pounds and seven ounces.
"I didn't know I was the first one yet, but then when they told me I was like oh wow that's exciting," said Williams.
"It's just amazing I'm like a January 1st baby so that's pretty cool," said father Jenson Dennard
Both Williams and Dennard weren't expecting their little one until January 10th, leaving them in complete awe when they learned that Caelyn was coming so soon.
"We had a doctors appointment on Friday, they said the baby's not coming anytime soon," said Dennard.
"She was a complete surprise because we weren't expecting her for another week and a half. I started feeling the pains and everything and then she decided to come early," said Williams.
Williams entered the hospital doors early Sunday morning and was in labor for a total of 28 hours. During that time, she learned she was in the running against another couple to have the first baby of the new year.
"I found out that there was someone else that was in the race. It wasn't a big deal to me, but we just happened to give birth to the very first one and it's such a blessing," said Williams.
To celebrate the first baby of the new year, PRMC's Junior Auxiliary Board surprised the family with a basket full of gifts for the newborn.
"This has been a big thing we've done it for decades. I'm not sure when it was started but it's been continued and we're just very happy to be able to present the little baby here today," said president of the Junior Auxiliary Board, Donna Anderson.
"I'm thankful for it. Anything that we can use is always a help and I wasn't expecting it so it's just like wow, thank you," said Dennard.
For now, both Williams and Dennard are focused on their healthy baby girl and are looking forward to what the new year will bring them.