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MDMC's first baby of 2007 born to East Prairie couple

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Maria Smith of East Prairie smiles at her son, Mark Walter Junior Gammons.
SIKESTON -- Missouri Delta Medical Center's first newborn of 2007 waited a couple days to ring in the new year.

Mark Walter Junior Gammons was born at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday, weighing in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. The son of Maria Smith and Mark Gammons of East Prairie, he was 20 inches long.

"I'm happy he was the first baby of the year," his mother said. "It makes me proud."

Smith said she didn't really realize until after her son was born that he was the hospital's first baby of 2007.

"They told me, but I didn't remember," Smith said.

Smith, 21, said she knew she was having a boy, but he wasn't due until Jan. 15. However, friends and family told her she would go into labor before then, Smith said.

"I told her she was going to have a New Year's Eve baby," relative Paula Gammons said.

Smith said she started having contractions at her doctor's visit Tuesday morning. Then around 1 p.m. she was admitted into the Sikeston hospital. About three hours later, she delivered a healthy baby boy.

"I was blessed," Smith said. "I said I wanted a boy and then I would be done (having children)."

Baby Mark has twin older sisters, 2-year-old Sierra and Alexi Gammons, who were born on Valentine's Day.

And the big sisters were excited about their new brother.

"They couldn't wait to meet him this morning. Sierra covered him up with a blanket," said family friend Susie Kirby.

Smith received $200 worth of baby items for having the hospital's first baby of the year. Included in the hospital gift were baby monitors, a bath tub and soap set, diapers, blanket, bouncer, sleepers and more.

Baby Mark arrived just in time; two more babies were born Wednesday at the hospital.

Smith said she and her baby expect to be released from the hospital today.