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First baby born in 2014

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 01:22 AM

ASHLAND, Ky. -- Dashianna Spencer headed over to St. Mary's Medical Center's Ironton Campus Tuesday with some contraction pains, thinking she'd be sent right back home. After all, her baby wasn't due until Jan. 22.

"I went to get checked, and I thought they were going to tell me it was false labor or Braxton Hicks and send me home," she said. "I was laughing because they were more panicked than I was."

The staff suggested she get herself and her forthcoming child on over to King's Daughters Medical Center's labor and delivery department. Stat.

They knew what they were talking about, for Isaiah Hakeem Green was born to Spencer and father Dustin Green of Ironton at 3:29 a.m. Wednesday. He was the first baby born in the Tri-State in 2014, weighing in at 7 pounds and 5 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches long.

With an older brother, 4-year-old Clarence, Isaiah came into the world with some unexpected hoopla, his parents said. Staff at King's Daughters welcomed their 2014 New Year's baby with $500 worth of baby gifts. They stuffed a pack-n-play full of baby items, including diapers, baby first aid items, a "Womb Sounds Bear," Boppy pillow, a mirror for the car, and more.

"All the attention is crazy," Spencer said. "It's way more than I expected. ... There were a couple items I needed, and some that save me money because I can take back some items that I already got. It worked out really well."

She and Isaiah were doing well on Wednesday, and big brother is adjusting all right so far, his mother said.

The newborn looks like dad, his father said without hesitating.

"He's wonderful," he said.

Cabell Huntington Hospital's first baby of 2014 came into the world at 10:42 a.m. Alicia Angel Rena was born to mother Melissa Rogers of Hamlin. She weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces and was 18 inches long at birth. Rogers declined to be interviewed.

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