Sarah Marie Gouge rings in new year at 2:07 a.m.

CARROLL'S 1ST BABY OF 1993

January 03, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

Some people toast the new year with a glass of champagne.

Not Audra and Jim Gouge. The Woodbine couple celebrated 1993 at Carroll County General Hospital, where their second daughter, Sarah Marie, became the county's first baby born in the new year.

"It's kind of funny having the baby on New Year's Day," Mrs. Gouge, 23, said yesterday from her home about three hours after being discharged from the hospital.

"We won't have any problems remembering her birthday, that's for sure."

Sarah was born two hours and six minutes into 1993, barely a day after the Gouges' doctors said she would be born.

Sarah's sister, 4-year-old Heather Marie, was dropped off at Mrs. Gouge's parents' house Thursday night as Mrs. Gouge went into labor. Mrs. Gouge was admitted to the hospital shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Less than five hours later, Sarah weighed in at 9 pounds, 3 ounces.

Heather visited the hospital yesterday morning, and, except for a small bout of envy, appeared excited about her new sister.

"Everything went wonderfully," Mrs. Gouge said.

Sarah will be the couple's last child, Mrs. Gouge said.

"This is it," she said as her new arrival slept.

"We wanted two children, no matter whether they were girls or boys. We just wanted them to be healthy."

Mrs. Gouge said she expected to continue to be bombarded with visits and phone calls from family and friends.

L Mr. Gouge, 26, was fielding phone calls yesterday afternoon.

Sarah arrived much earlier in the day than 1992's first baby did.

Timothy Crenshaw Saxton was born at 9:46 a.m. last Jan. 1 to May and Mike Saxton of Finksburg.

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