She Was a Little Early, but What Timing!
LOWELL -- A couple grocery bags full of noisemakers and New Year’s party sat on the shelf next to Scott Lyons as he sat with his newborn daughter sleeping in his arms.
“I think I told you as a joke a few days ago that we would have to bring those along when I go into labor,” Mara Lyons told Scott, her husband of 10 years.
With a due date set for Jan. 7, the Lowell couple didn’t expect their second child to be born on the first day of 2019. However, at 8 pounds and 13 ounces, Sara Marielle Lyons arrived early. In the process, she became the first Lowell-born baby of the new year.
Born at Lowell General Hospital, Sara just missed becoming the first Massachusetts-born baby of 2019. According to Lowell General Hospital, she was the second, as a baby was born at the Boston Medical Center at the stroke of midnight.
Mara and Scott recalled the momentous beginning to their new year while resting in a room at The Birthplace at Lowell General Hospital hours after Sara’s arrival. As the Lowell couple spoke, Sara, wrapped snug in a blanket and wearing a bow on her head, slept motionless on Scott’s chest.
Though the labor went smoothly, the arrival was a bit of a surprise, Mara said. It started with a trip to a doctor’s appointment at 10:45 a.m. New Year’s Eve.
“I had our 3-year-old son (Steven) with me at the time,” said Mara, a 36-year-old office administrator at Maxim Integrated in Chelmsford.
“I was expecting to go to the doctor’s appointment and go home,” she said.
When a doctor confirmed Mara’s suspicions that her water had broken, she was promptly admitted to Lowell General Hospital.
“At that time I was rushing around work,” added Scott, 38, a loan servicing supervisor at Align Credit Union in Lowell.
“I had to go home and get the bags,” he said.
At around 8 p.m. the labor started “ramping up,” according to Mara. She started pushing right before midnight. Scott said he couldn’t help but eye the clock to monitor the New Year’s countdown as Mara made her final pushes.
“It was the exact opposite of my first labor,” Mara said with a laugh.
The couple estimated a few hours of pushing when she gave birth to Steven. Their son will soon be turning 4 years old.
“When he was born, the nurses commented on how loud he was,” Mara added. “He cried for the first two hours.”
Steven, who has been read stories about becoming a big brother, visited his sister at the hospital earlier in the day.
“I think he’s pretty excited,” Scott said.
Without hesitation, the couple pointed out they were hoping all along their newborn would be a girl.
“We thought it would be nice to have one of each,” Mara said.
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