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Year's First Baby Arrives at Mount Nittany Medical Center

by on January 02, 2014 4:50 PM

A couple from Houtzdale are the proud parents of the first baby born in 2014 at the Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Tate Rice entered the world at 2:03 a.m. Wednesday, a little earlier than expected. Tate's vital stats are a respectable 6 pounds, 14 ounces and he's 21 inches long.

Tate's folks are Amy Domanick-Rice and her husband, Mark Rice. They say it's very exciting to have the year's first bundle of joy.

It's his first first child and her third.

Asked what the experience was like, Tate's mother laughed, saying, "Fast!"

"It was pretty uneventful, thank goodness," says Rice.

Tate wasn't due for a few more days, so his early morning arrival came as something of a surprise.

The couple was just spending a quiet New Year's Eve at home when Tate decided it was time. "We watched the ball drop and then we left, says mom. Just wo hours later, Tate made his grand entrance.

He was born with a lot of hair and is doing well. And Tate's got a strong appetite too.

Since he's a New Year's baby, "He's always going to have a party on his birthday," says the new dad. 

In honor of being the year's first special delivery, the hospital provided the parents with a gift basket including some baby outfits and a gift certificate to the hospital's cafe.

Tate is expected to go home on Friday.

Rice says fatherhood suits him just fine. "He's a cutie," said the beaming papa, as Tate tested out his vocal cords.

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