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Massena couple welcomes baby daughter into world as 1st 2014 birth in St. Lawrence County

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MASSENA — Kylie J. Curran and Scott Wayne Clark spent the final night of 2013 like many others in St. Lawrence County, staying up until midnight, watching the Times Square ball drop and blowing party whistles.

Unlike the majority of New Year’s Eve revelers, however, Ms. Curran and Mr. Clark were eagerly anticipating the birth of their first daughter, who wassoon to be the first baby born in 2014 in St. Lawrence County.

Zaelee Makyah Clark was born at 12:06 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Massena Memorial Hospital, after Ms. Curran was in labor for just over 24 hours.

Long before she can even walk or talk, Zaelee has become somewhat of a local celebrity and will always have the distinction of being the county’s first baby of 2014.

Ms. Curran and Mr. Clark were joined in the delivery room Wednesday evening by family and friends, including Ms. Curran’s mother, Denise Curran.

“We came here and arrived at about 10:30 or 11 (Tuesday) morning,” Denise Curran said. “She was at five centimeters (dilated) before even midnight last night so it was a guessing game.”

“I started going into labor (Tuesday.) ... We weren’t expecting this. It was supposed to be Jan. 11,” Kylie Curran added. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to have the first baby. I really thought I was going to go before midnight (Tuesday.)”

Zaelee was 19.5 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 12.2 ounces.

Kylie’s original due date of Jan. 11 was ironically not the first of that kind for the Curran family.

“(Kylie’s) twin sister just had (a baby) last year. They actually had the same exact due date of Jan. 11, just one year later. But the first one went on Dec. 28 and (Kylie) went Jan. 1,” Denise Curran said. “Actually on Dec. 27 she was at the doctor’s and she was 3 centimeters dilated, so it was a guessing game from there.

“That was also my due date for (Kylie) 20 years ago, Jan. 1, but I had her three weeks early. It’s funny how things work out.”

Kylie is the daughter of Denise Curran and Michael Waters. Scott is the son of Janice and Eric Clark.

“We’ll probably be staying (at MMH) for a couple of days, but we hope to be home with her soon. I’m guessing the hospital requires two days,” Kylie Curran said.

Just 40 minutes after the birth of Zaelee, Ogdensburg saw its first newborn of the year.

Ethan Robert Noah Schroeder, weighing in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces, was born to Rachel L. Kio and Robert D. Schroeder, Ogdensburg, at 12:46 p.m. at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg.

“I was actually due on Christmas,” Ms. Kio said. “Everybody said, ‘Hold up until the first,’ and I actually did.”

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