22 years later, Baby New Year welcomes Baby New Year

Published: Jan. 2, 2019 at 6:41 PM EST
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Meet one of the region's newest residents-- little baby Taylor. She was born New Year's Day along with a handful of other babies in our area.

"The pregnancy was smooth. It was a really smooth, awesome pregnancy... compared to my first one," said mom Gabrielle Freeman of Hoosick Falls, New York.

Labor on the other hand was a different story. Taylor was due Jan. 6 but came a week early.

"Forty hours labor," Freeman said. "Holy cow. The kid did not want to come out."

Eventually, Taylor arrived, the only baby born at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington on New Year's Day. It's fair to say, she's a little special.

"At first it didn't click to me what day she was born," Freeman said. "I was just happy she was born and that it was over with. And then I realized, it's my birthday."

That's right. Taylor and her mom share the same birthday.

"First of all, it's cool to be a New Year's Baby. But to be a New Year's Baby to a New Year's mom in the same room, it's just unheard of. It's unreal," said Jacklynn Kimball, an RN at the hospital

Yes, the same room! Mom was the first baby born in Vermont 22 years earlier in the very same room. They have many more birthdays to look forward to.

"I can't wait," Freeman said. "We'll be doing all sorts of new things when she's older. It's will be fun."

But for now, this day is all that matters.

"It was probably the best birthday present I've ever gotten," Freeman said.