North Country Hospital in Newport delivers about 220 babies a year, but on Jan. 1 at 1:59 a.m., an extra special bundle of joy entered the world.
"It's not common that a small hospital like ours has the first baby," said Dr. William Peck of North Country.
"Five o'clock I started having the contractions," mom Darlene Gilchrist said. "I thought they would go away like usual and they didn't. They just kept getting stronger and stronger."
Gilchrist decided it was time to head to the hospital and her doctor got the call.
"I was sleeping at home and our nursing staff gave me a call and said we have a patient in labor and she's going fast. So, I got on my clothes, zoomed in here and she had the baby within an hour," Peck said.
Sayge Raylynn Reynolds wasn't due for a few more weeks. But at 6 lbs., 5 oz., 20 inches long and with a full head of hair, the baby girl decided she wanted to make her grand entrance as Vermont's first hospital-born baby of 2013.
"It's definitely shocking," Gilchrist said. "It's different, I didn't think I was going to be the one, but I'm actually kind of proud."
Dr. Peck has been delivering babies at North Country for the last 30 years. He thinks this is the first time the hospital has delivered Vermont's first baby of the New Year.
"It's a rare event and it's certainly special for the mother, but it's also special for our staff and we all get excited about it," he said.
The dayshift nurses were a little jealous they missed the big event, joking they often pull straws to see who gets to work New Year's Eve.
"Because the odds are we probably won't have one for the dayshift, so we were upset. Then they said she did great, she didn't push long, she didn't have any meds and we were like stop talking. It's a nice delivery," said one nurse.
Dad Cody Reynolds was a little camera shy. He said he was just taking in the whole experience.
"She's very healthy and I thought it was worth it. Every moment," Gilchrist said.
When Baby Sayge leaves the hospital she'll join her two big sisters at home in Island Pond.
Copley Hospital in Morrisville delivered the second baby of the year. Baby Marina was born at 3:09 a.m. to parents Lizi and Casey Lyon of Eden.
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