Families welcome new additions on New Year’s Day

Shawn Getchell (left) holds his infant son Wyatt Kenneth Getchell as his daughter Emma, 8, looks on. LeeAnn Getchell (right) of Eddington gave birth to Wyatt at 4:55 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, making him the first baby born at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in 2012.  Wyatt was the second baby born in Maine in the new year.
Shawn Getchell (left) holds his infant son Wyatt Kenneth Getchell as his daughter Emma, 8, looks on. LeeAnn Getchell (right) of Eddington gave birth to Wyatt at 4:55 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, making him the first baby born at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in 2012. Wyatt was the second baby born in Maine in the new year. Buy Photo
Posted Jan. 01, 2012, at 6:49 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 02, 2012, at 10:45 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine babies weren’t all that anxious to greet 2012. The first wasn’t born until 3:03 a.m. at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Alejandro Mejia, a boy who weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces, was the first child for Alejandro and Carley Mejia of Springvale.

Nearly two hours later, Wyatt Kenneth Getchell arrived at 4:55 a.m. at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

“I was scheduled to come in Tuesday morning for a C-section, but he had other plans,” Wyatt’s mother, LeeAnn Getchell, 34, of Eddington said early Sunday evening.

The boy, who weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21¾ inches long, slept soundly as his father, Shawn Getchell, 34, and older sister Emma Getchell, 8, took turns holding him.

“He’s mellow and laid back just like his dad,” LeeAnn Getchell said.

Shawn Getchell works for the family-owned Getchell Agency, which manages group homes. LeeAnn Getchell is the produce manager at Paradis Foodliner in Brewer.

“He’s an addition to the family and a partner in the garage,” Wyatt’s father said of his son. “He’s the new chief mechanic.”

Big sister Emma said she was looking forward to having him come home in two or three days.

“He’s going to be very fun and easy to play with,” she said.

Down the coast, the first baby of the year for Waldo County was born at 11:21 a.m. Sunday at Waldo County General Hospital.

Kaylee Ann Skaggs had been expected to arrive on Christmas, but having a New Year’s Day birthday is okay, too, according to her dad, Jonathan Skaggs of Belfast.

“It’s definitely cool. It’s an easy birth date to remember,” he said in a telephone interview from the family’s hospital room later that afternoon. “I’m just glad she’s healthy.” First-time mother Amanda Nickerson had been scheduled to arrive at the hospital Sunday evening to have the baby induced, but she woke up at 5 a.m. when labor was beginning. After a fairly quick and relatively painless process, little Kaylee was born.

Her dad described the 8-pound, 3-ounce baby as having “chubby cheeks and a cute button nose.” Kaylee also has big feet, big hands and long, well-formed fingernails.

“She’s definitely a cute one,” Skaggs said of his daughter.

The maternity ward at Stephen Memorial Hospital in Norway appeared to be one of the busiest. Girls were delivered there at 5:27 a.m. and 9:19 a.m. to different mothers.

Babies also were delivered before noon Sunday at Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, York Hospital in York and Inland Hospital in Waterville.

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