ELLSWORTH, Maine — McKenlee Grace Berry arrived at 12:34 a.m. at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and was welcomed into the world as the state’s first New Year’s baby.
It’s not official, but hospital staff at the Ellsworth hospital are pretty sure they have the first baby of 2014 after calling other hospitals throughout the state. The Bangor Daily News also called all of the state’s hospitals with maternity wards and learned only a handful of babies were born by 11 a.m. New Year’s Day.
McKenlee’s mother, Brittany Donaghy, 24, of Jonesport said she had been “impatiently” waiting for her arrival.
“I was due on the 28th,” the new mother said Thursday morning, while her 6-pound, 3-ounce daughter slept nearby. McKenlee is 19½ inches long.
Donaghy said she is engaged to Michael Berry Jr., who “works on the boat” for Moosabec Mussels Inc. in their hometown.
Labor pains started early Wednesday.
“They started low and progressed quickly when the afternoon came,” she said.
Her fiance and his parents took her to the hospital at about 8:30 p.m. McKenlee’s paternal grandparents are Bonnie Berry and David Alley and Michael Berry Sr. and Myra Berry.
“From the time and arrived at the hospital and when she arrived it was about 4-4½ hours,” Donaghy said.
Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center also had an early birth, with a little girl at 12:54 a.m., followed by Central Maine Medical Center with a birth at 2 a.m., a 2:04 a.m. birth at Maine Medical Center and a 2:22 a.m. birth at Mount Desert Island Hospital.
“We had four deliveries but I think Ellsworth beat us,” the nursing supervisor at CMMC said.
The new parents at EMMC planned ahead to have their baby in Maine, said father Nick Treadwell, a Brewer native and sergeant with the Marine Corps Training Battalion school of infantry at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
“We have a 15-month-old son and when we had him in California it was just us,” the new dad said. “When we found out we were pregnant and were due around Christmas it just kind of made sense to come home.”
Cailynn Nicolle Treadwell was not due until Jan. 2, but arrived a day early and weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and is 20 inches long.
He met his wife, Alisa, while in high school — him at Brewer High School and her at Bangor High — and “we hit it off from there,” he said.
“I left for bootcamp and she stuck by me,” Nick Treadwell said. “We’ve been together for six or seven years and have been married for five.”
Aside from their toddler, Cameron, other family members who filled the hospital room included his mother, Teresa Hodgins, and her husband, Dalton Hodgins, and their granddaughter, Victoria, of Brewer and her mother, grandmother and sister, Denise Henry, Nancy Henry and Anastasia Henry, all of Bangor.
Nick Treadwell, who served in Afghanistan in 2010, is on leave for the birth of his son and must return to base on Jan. 11. His wife and two kids are scheduled to follow him at the end of the month.
“She’s a very, very strong, loving, hardworking mother,” Nick said of his wife. “I couldn’t ask for a better mother for my children.”
After giving birth to McKenlee, Donaghy slept for about three hours and awoke at about 6 a.m. to learn she gave birth to the first baby of the new year.
“She’s perfect,” the new mom said.