Couple celebrate birth of their daughter at height of storm


Alaina Jesse Smith was the first baby born in Hancock County in 2014. Her parents, Nicole and Tyler Smith, of Shirley, were planning to to head home Tuesday. The baby's grandparents haven't seen her yet because they were unable to travel to Hancock Regional Hospital during the storm. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — She might have come early, but in the scheme of things, she came just in the nick of time.

Alaina Jesse Smith arrived at 8:17 a.m. Sunday at Hancock Regional Hospital as the county’s first baby of 2014 just as the week’s wintery wave was beginning and virtually everyone in the county was hunkering down for the next 36 hours.

Nicole Smith, 26, received her first signal that this would not be a drill at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. She and her husband, Tyler, hastily made the trek to the hospital, where labor started in earnest an hour later.

“I was in labor until Sunday morning, when they took her by C-section,” she said.

All things went well, however, and all 20½ inches of Alaina emerged at 8 pounds, 14 ounces, a fairly strapping tale of the tape given she was born three weeks premature.

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