L-A’s first baby born at CMMC

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LEWISTON – Darcy Smyth spent the first day of 2007 with labor pains.

She and her husband, Jamie Smyth, spent the second day admiring their new son.

At 2:23 a.m. Tuesday the Auburn couple’s first child – and Lewiston-Auburn’s first baby of the new year – was born at Central Maine Medical Center.

Neither CMMC nor St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center had a baby born on New Year’s Day, which is unusual. St. Mary’s first baby of the year was born around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Colby Smyth weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. “I’m glad it’s over with,” Darcy, 32, said from her hospital bed.

He came a bit early. His due date was Jan. 11. January birthdays are big in the Smyth family. Jamie’s birthday is Jan. 12; Darcy’s is the 14th.

The couple married May 1, 2003, a month before Jamie left for Iraq. A full-time technician for National Guard in Auburn, he returned from Iraq one year later. Darcy works as a teacher for the Margaret Murphy Center in Auburn. “I love it,” she said, adding that Tuesday was the first day of work she’s missed.

The new parents said they were excited about becoming parents, and having the first baby in Lewiston-Auburn for the new year. “It seems unreal,” she said.

They hope 2007 will bring their son good health, and Colby will grow to have an easy-going disposition like his father. “I’m a pill,” Darcy joked.

As the couple talked about their son, grandparents Jim and Judy Smyth smiled and watched.

“I think he’s beautiful,” Judy Smyth said.

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