Darwin and Jessica Horst’s fifth child wasn’t due to be born until Jan. 13.
“It was a surprise for us, especially to have it on New Year’s,” Laurel’s father, Darwin Horst of Chambersburg, Pa., said Tuesday afternoon.
Laurel, who weighed 7 pounds, 5.8 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long, is the fifth child for Horst and his wife, Jessica.
“Everything went really well,” Horst said.
The couple went to the hospital at about 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
“Our midwife was hoping to beat the Chambersburg hospital,” Horst said of the friendly competition among area hospitals to have the first baby of the new year.
Allison’s arrival, however, came five hours after a boy was born at Chambersburg Hospital, according to Summit Health spokesperson Jessica Walter.
The parents of the newborn at Chambersburg Hospital declined to release additional information, Walter said.
The first baby born in the Eastern Panhandle arrived at 9:04 a.m. at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Jessica Johnson said she knew about 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve that she wasn’t going to sleep until after the birth of her second child with Joseph Michael.
Allison Delena Michael, who weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and was 18 1/2 inches long, was due to be born Dec. 30, her mother said.
But when Johnson woke up that day, she said, she just sensed it wasn’t going to happen. Johnson joked that Allison was “very stubborn.”
Johnson said giving birth to her second child wasn’t as difficult as her first, when she was in labor for about 27 hours with her son, Hunter, who is now about 16 months old.
In Jefferson County, the first baby born in 2013 didn’t arrive at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., until 5:24 p.m., but it was still exciting for Alisha Mobley of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Mobley and Lamar Edwards’ first child, Mariyah Nicole Edwards, weighed 5 pounds, 5.6 ounces and was 17 1/2 inches long, she said.
Mobley said she began having pains about when the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.