BANGOR, Maine — Leila Marie Bubar nestled in her father’s arms Friday afternoon at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
But Leila, who was born at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2010, was not the first baby in Maine to greet the new decade.
Those bragging rights went to Sonya Webb, who was so eager to be a part of the New Year’s festivities that she was born just four minutes after midnight at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
Alysha Webb of Wilton gave birth to her second daughter very early Friday, according to Jill Gray, community relations manager for the hospital in western Maine. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Webb also has a 3-year-old daughter, named Selena Webb, Gray said in a press release issued New Year’s Day.
A phone survey of Maine medical facilities with obstetrics departments revealed that Sonya was the first baby born in the state in 2010.
Baby girls were born at 1:19 a.m. at Maine Medical Center in Portland and at 3:23 a.m. at York Hospital in York, according to spokesmen for those facilities.
In Hancock County, the first New Year’s baby arrived earlier than anticipated. Lilah Belle Kelmenson, the daughter of Jennifer and Peter Kelmenson, of Trenton, was born 22 days before her due date. Lilah Belle came into the world at 1:05 p.m. Friday at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor.
The newest Hancock County resident weighed 7 pounds, 15½ ounces and was 22 inches long. She is the Kelmensons’ second child. Lilah Belle has an older brother, Nate, who is 2½.
Because her due date was Jan. 23, Jennifer Kelmenson said she had not been anticipating a New Year’s baby. But both the new mom and dad were pleasantly surprised.
“We’re thrilled,” Jennifer Kelmenson said Friday. “We’re just beaming with pride.”
A second New Year’s baby was born several hours later at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. Juliana Marie Reed, the daughter of Kari and Chaz Reed, of Mount Desert, was born at 3:23 p.m. Juliana Marie weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long.
The Bubar baby was born at 7:30 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long, her mother, Jen Cormier, 24, of Levant, said Friday afternoon.
“She was due on Dec. 27,” Cormier said. “My doctor said if I didn’t have her on New Year’s or over the weekend to come in Monday and they would induce labor. I didn’t want to wait until Monday.”
Apparently neither did her daughter. Cormier said that she went into labor about 10 p.m. Thursday and woke the baby’s father, Chris Bubar, 27, of Levant, at about 3:30 a.m. to tell him it was time to go to the hospital.
Leila Marie was Cormier’s first baby and Bubar’s second child. He has a 5-year-old son, Dylan James Bubar. The couple met about two years ago through mutual friends, Chris Bubar said.
He is employed by S.H. Bridges Construction of Hermon, and Cormier is a licensed pharmacy technician but described herself Friday as “a stay-at-home mom now.”
Cormier’s mother, Shelley Cormier, 55, of Rumford, got a phone call very early Friday morning to let her know that her first grandchild was about to be born.
“I drove over this morning through the snowstorm,” she said Friday in her daughter’s hospital room. “We’ve been very anxious, waiting very impatiently for this baby to be born.”
Chris Bubar’s aunt Carol Grant, 45, of Houlton, also headed for Bangor when she learned Cormier was in labor.
“I’m here representing his mom,” she said Friday afternoon. “She’s just back from Afghanistan and is in Fort Dix, N.J.”
Sgt. Lynne Marie Bubar, 46, of Houlton, is a full-time member of the Maine Army National Guard with the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. The unit is scheduled to return to Maine on Wednesday.
“I wish she could have been here for this,” Chris Bubar said. “Then it would have been perfect.”