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Seconds after midnight on Jan. 1, while many were ringing in 2010, Olivia Rose Allen was busy setting a possible national record.

The second child of Churchville’s Jerry and Adrienne Allen, Olivia just may be the country’s first baby born in 2010.

After Adrienne was admitted to GBMC in Baltimore County at about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, she gave birth just four seconds after midnight on New Year’s Day.

Jerry Allen said he and his wife, who also have a 16-month-old daughter, were not exactly focused on the time of the delivery, but “the doctor kept asking what the time was. He was pretty excited about the date.”

Olivia was due Dec. 29.

“We knew it was going to be around that time,” Jerry said about the possibility of her being born on New Year’s. “We went in on the 31st and the doctor said it was a good chance of the child being born around midnight.”

On New Year’s Eve, “we were going to have family over to the house. We pretty much had to leave them there with dinner we already had, and took off,” he said.

Olivia was born weighing 7 pounds, 13.8 ounces in what was a very smooth delivery, Jerry Allen said.

The idea that they might have the nation’s first baby of the decade has certainly gotten the couple attention.

“We are still getting people coming over to the house talking about it,” he said.

It is difficult to give a hard-and-fast statistic about which baby is born “first,” in light of factors such as time zones and different clocks.

Two babies in Chicago were also within a minute after midnight, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Upper Chesapeake

Meanwhile, the first baby born in Harford County in 2010, at Upper Chesapeake Health, was Ella Marie Vogel, of Fountain Green.

The 7-pound, 7-ounce girl was the first child to be born to Fountain Green residents Alan and Alecia Vogel.

Alecia Vogel was expected to go into labor on Dec. 31 and, when her cervical dilation had not made much progress, her doctor scheduled her for an induction on the morning of Jan. 1.

“We just made a nice dinner on New Year’s Eve and we both fell asleep on the sofa prior to watching the ball drop,” Alecia Vogel said.

But at 2 a.m., her water broke and 10 hours later, the 7-pound, 7-ounce Ella was born at 12:18 p.m. New Year’s Day.

“We got about an hour’s worth of sleep,” Alan Vogel said about his New Year’s Eve and subsequent delivery. “We really didn’t think that was going to happen, quite honestly. I was going to put away all the Christmas stuff, but that didn’t happen.”

The actual delivery process “was a lot smoother than I had ever anticipated it to be,” said Alecia Vogel, who ended up pushing for about 45 minutes.

She enjoyed the idea of her baby being born on New Year’s and said she had not expected it at all — “never in a million years.”

“I thought I would have her on the due date,” she said. “I definitely thought it was neat, because I was due on the 31st.”


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