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Baby, what a start


February 20. 2013 12:25AM
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Nichole Garinger was in the final stages of labor and not exactly glued to her delivery room television screen when the New Year's Eve ball dropped at New York's Times Square.


It was tough to remember, said the 26-year-old Hunlock Township resident.


Conrad, her husband of five years, gave her a kiss to ring in 2013 as he coached her through delivery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.


An hour and 10 minutes later, they became parents of the first Wyoming Valley New Year's baby: 9 pound, 4 ounce Felicity Kae.


That's out of this world. I never expected it, said Conrad, 27.


The Garingers didn't believe their baby would arrive on her Jan. 1 due date because their first child, Clayton, came four days late.


The closer we got, I said it might happen, she said.


Their relatives and friends were more optimistic, she said. They were all excited because they kind of knew this was going to happen, she said.


Hospital representatives said the family will receive gifts.


Nichole was in the shower at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve when her water broke. Lucky for him – no clean-up, she said, smiling at her husband.


Her second delivery was not easier, because Felicity was 2 pounds more than Clayton, she said.


She praised the hospital workers. I love this hospital. I love the staff, she said. I wouldn't go anywhere else, honestly.


Conrad, who was running on adrenaline by the time the area's news media arrived before noon Tuesday, said he was overwhelmed.


I have two babies now, he said, so we'll be working hard chasing two of them.


Felicity cried when the couple changed her into a new purple outfit with a headband from an aunt in Mississippi. But the infant slept contently, cradled in her mother's arms, during the interview.


She looks just like her brother did, Nichole said.


Clayton was informed a little sister is on the way. I don't know if he fully comprehends it, Nichole said.


The Garingers missed out on a 2012 tax credit for Felicity but ended up with the New Year's baby, Nichole said.


Either way, she said, we won.


At Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, the first baby of 2013, a girl, was born at 7:29 a.m.




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