DeKalb County's Baby New Year finally arrives

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 4:47 p.m.CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 12:04 a.m.CDT
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Miranda Mae Patterson was the first baby of the new year born in DeKalb County. She weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce, and was born at 9:53 a.m. Thursday at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.

SANDWICH – The first baby born in 2014 in DeKalb County didn't arrive until Jan. 2, and she wasn't due to arrive until Jan. 8.

Miranda Mae Patterson was born at 9:53 a.m. Thursday at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich. Her parents are Amy Jo Park and Maurice Patterson.

Ran-Ran, as her father is calling her, weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and is 20 inches long. She also has a full head of very dark hair.

Miranda also is being welcomed by big brother, Connor Park, 12, and big sister, Deanna Park, 10.

"She hasn't left my side since the baby arrived," Amy Jo Park said of her elder daughter. Although he was at the hospital to greet his new sister, Park said her son was more interested in video games.

No stranger to the limelight, Park said Deanna was the first baby born at Valley West in 2004. The family was celebrating her birthday on Wednesday when the labor pains started.

"The cake is in the refrigerator here," Park said. "The cake and the presents came to the hospital with us."

Park said they knew the baby was a girl and had her name picked out long before she was delivered. Patterson started calling her Ran-Ran during the stress tests Park underwent during her high-risk pregnancy.

"She moved around so much it was hard to keep track of her heartbeat," Park said.

Her pregnancy was considered high-risk because she suffered from gestational diabetes, requiring insulin twice a day. Park said the delivery went just fine, and both she and the baby are doing well.

"This is the best blessing I could ever get," said a smiling Patterson.

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