Trisha Walizer was shocked when she learned her newborn daughter was the first baby born in the county this year.
She thought in order to hold that title, the baby would have to be born at 12:01 a.m. New Year's day.
But Mackenzie Taylor Walizer was born ten minutes after that at 12:11 a.m. at Memorial Hospital in Spring Garden Township, becoming York County's first baby to be born in 2013.
"We're grateful that she's here and healthy," Trisha Walizer said. "She's our little firecracker."
Mackenzie weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces at birth.
Third child: Mackenzie is the third child born to Trisha and husband Chad Walizer. The West Manchester Township couple has a 5-year-old daughter, Kaitlynn, and a 4-year-old son, Matthew.
The children are happy to have a new addition to the family, Trisha Walizer said.
"They are very excited to have a baby sister," she said.
Mackenzie not only earned the title of the first baby born in the county this year, but she will also receive a gift from the hospital, said Josette Myers, spokeswoman for Memorial.
"We usually do something special for the first baby," she said.
More than nine hours after Mackenzie was born at Memorial Hospital, York Hospital had its first baby born in 2013 at 9:31 a.m., said Barry Sparks, spokesman for WellSpan Health.
Visitors: When Trisha and Chad Walizer arrived at the hospital the morning of New Year's Eve, doctors induced Trisha Walizer in to labor.
"We were kind of hoping she would come before midnight," Trisha Walizer said.
But Mackenzie appeared to have another birthday in mind, her mother said.
As the day rolled by Tuesday, family and friends visited the mother, father and their baby at the hospital.
Trisha Walizer is one of six children and grew up in the county, "so everybody's who's around have been stopping by," she said.
The mother said she hopes that she and the newborn will be able to go home Wednesday.
"They finally unhooked me from all the contraptions," she said.
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