Twin boys are area's firstborn of 2004

Fallston couple's sons weren't due till Jan. 26

January 02, 2004|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

"Out with the old, in with the new" has taken on added meaning for Hong and Luis Rosado, whose twin sons, Jonathan and Joshua, were born just after midnight yesterday, making them the Baltimore area's first babies of 2004.

Jonathan Chandler Rosado arrived first at 12:01 a.m. and weighed 5 pounds, 6.8 ounces. His brother Joshua Stefan Rosado followed 20 minutes later and weighed 6 pounds, 11.6 ounces. The boys were born at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

It was apparently meant to be for the Fallston couple to have the area's first babies of the new year because the twins weren't due until Jan. 26. Two days after Christmas, the couple rushed to the medical center thinking it was time, but that proved to be a false alarm. Hong Rosado starting having contractions about 3 p.m. Wednesday, and the couple went to the hospital about 7 p.m. Five hours later, the first baby was born.

Luis Rosado, 36, said he suspected his wife might not carry the boys to term.

"She had a big, big belly, and we were just so happy that they were able to stay in for 36 weeks," the proud father said yesterday from his wife's hospital room as Jonathan and Joshua lay side by side sleeping. "I had a feeling it'd be sometime in December based on conversations with other people who have twins, and she's been having contractions for a week."

As the Rosados talked about their newborn children, their eldest son, 18-month-old Sebastian climbed on his mother's bed to fuss over the boys. "Baby, baby," a smiling Sebastian said several times.

Hong Rosado, 35, said the delivery went well, with the exception of Joshua being a breech birth. But she and her husband are thankful the boys are healthy, especially because her pregnancy was rough at times and required her to be on bed rest beginning Oct. 14.

The two met as students at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He is a pharmacist for Rite Aid in Aberdeen; she is a pharmacist for Rite Aid in Fallston.

Even though they've got their hands full with three young children, the Rosados say they want to have more.

"I'll take a rest on this one for a while," Hong Rosado said. Her husband added, "We'll see how we manage the twins, but we would like to have another pregnancy, maybe try for a girl."

For now, however, they have three sons and the distinction of being parents to the first Baltimore-area babies born in 2004.

"Actually, we were trying to fall on the other side [of midnight] for tax deductions," Hong Rosado joked. "We were so close."

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