Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 7, 2011

Not so New Year’s baby

THC finally welcomes first baby of 2011

Right after Christmas the women and infants’ services unit at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne was packed. New babies were filling up the beds in the nursery.

The nurses anticipated the arrival of the New Year’s baby. Who would it be?

And then things got slow. No women came. It was an empty ward.

By Tuesday, folks began wondering when the New Year’s baby would come.

Then Mark and Dawn Vaughn showed up. Dawn’s baby boy was five days late.

“He was due on Dec. 30 so he was late ... Tuesday we went in and did a balloon induction. It’s kind of a natural way of being induced rather than drugs,” Dawn said. “We came back Wednesday morning and I was dilated to about a four but nothing yet so we had to go with the Pitocin. [Dr. Carla Morrow] administered doses, very small doses.”

It was a long day for the Vaughn family, but not an unfamiliar one.

They have three other children, Zachary, 16, Kevin, 14, and Austin, 12, and all were late or feared to be late. “Actually the first two were late. They were a week late,” Dawn said. “Austin we went ahead and induced a little early. It’s just the way the body works. I think we hadn’t induced with Austin, he would have been late too.”

Landon Price Vaughn was finally born at 3:48 p.m., almost eight hours after their arrival at the hospital.

He was a healthy 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 20 inches long.

The family was given a basket full of goodies and a box of diapers for having the first baby of 2011.

“I think that’s just so sweet,” Dawn said. “We love all the presents.”

The New Year’s baby at Huguley Memorial Medical Center was a little more timely.

Jaziah Angel Ferguson was born at 8:09 a.m. Saturday to Jonathan Ferguson and Jessica Howard. She weighed 7 pounds, 1.3 ounces. They also received a basket of goodies from Huguley.

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