GWV’s First Baby Of 2019 Delivered After Family Made Food Stop
PLAINS TWP. — Ella Raijski was ready to come into the world.
Her mom just needed some hot wings first.
Ella, the daughter of Stacey and Stanley Raijski of Larksville, was born at 5:47 a.m. Tuesday, the first baby delivered in 2019 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Twp.
Stacey and Stanley Raijski and their son, three-year-old Noah, were expecting to spend New Year’s Eve relaxing at home. They planned to visit Pizza Perfect in Shavertown on Monday night.
Ella had other plans.
Stacey’s water broke around 4 p.m., before their trip to the restaurant. She knew she wouldn’t be able to eat at the hospital, so the family made a quick stop and gobbled down their meal — mild hot wings and a tray of red pizza — then headed to Plains Twp.
“The nurses loved it,” Stacey said. “And I soon as I got to the hospital, they were like ‘No more food,’ so I was happy I ate.”
Several hours later, Ella Rose Raijski was born. Dr. Anita Sargent delivered her. She was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long, her parents said.
Stacey and Stanley considered a few names before “Ella” rose to the top. Her middle name comes from her great-grandmother.
“We just want her to be happy and healthy,” Stacey said.
Noah wore a shirt bearing the message “#BestBrother.” According to his dad, he has even volunteered to help with diapers.
“We’ll see how that goes,” Stanley said.
Ella was quiet and resting Tuesday as Stacey held her in her arms. Family gathered at the hospital to wish them well and offer their love.
Early January is already an important time in the family, because Jan. 2 is Stacey’s birthday. Now the Raijskis will have another family member to celebrate at each turn of the year.
Ella was not the first baby of 2019 in Luzerne County. A family at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital welcomed a baby at 12:47 a.m., and that appeared to be the first birth of the year in the county. That family declined an interview.
Lackawanna County’s likely first baby of 2019 was born at 3:04 a.m. Tuesday in in Scranton. Mae Ruane was delivered in Moses Taylor Hospital to Mike and Ellen Ruane of Dunmore. Mae weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long, her father said.
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