It’s a girl

New Year’s baby welcomed

Mirror photo by Kay Stephens Barry and Kimberly Gobert of Williamsburg welcomed their daughter, Isabella Rose, on Monday. The infant was the first baby of the new year at UPMC Altoona.

Kimberly Gobert of Williamsburg knew she had a chance of having a New Year’s Day baby when she started having contractions on New Year’s Eve.

But after a trip to UPMC Altoona where the contractions eased, she and her husband, Barry, were sent home about 10:30 p.m.

Because other expectant women were at the hospital on New Year’s Eve, the 33-year-old Gobert said she thought one of them would have the hospital’s first baby in 2018. But those women were sent home, too, maternity department nurse Traci Trostle said Monday.

Gobert, meanwhile, didn’t stay home. In the early-morning hours of New Year’s Day, when the outside temperatures fell into the single digits, her contractions started again.

“It was around 3 or 3:30 a.m. when we left,” Kimberly Gobert said. “The contractions got so bad that we just had to go back.”

Isabella Rose arrived at 8:57 a.m., making her the hospital’s first baby of the year and Blair County’s first baby of the year. She was about three hours ahead of her closest competitor born about noon at UPMC Altoona.

Isabella Rose also arrived ahead of the first New Year’s Day baby born at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring. That’s where Mikhaela Musselman of Sproul gave birth at 12:16 p.m. to a baby boy weighing 6 pounds 7 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

Isabella Rose, who arrived two weeks before her predicted delivery date, weighed 6 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured 18.5 inches.

“She so tiny,” Kimberly Gobert said of her newborn daughter. “And she has a lot of hair.”

“She has a tiny little nose,” said father Barry Gobert, 31, an employee at Blue Knob Auto Sales.

Dr. Laura Siems, who handled Isabella Rose’s delivery with Dr. Tara Buschor, said the baby was vigorous upon birth and cried right away.

“It was just a gorgeous delivery,” Siems said.

Kimberly Gobert said she expects Isabella Rose, her sixth child, to be her last. The newborn’s siblings include Nathaniel, 11; Madison, 9, and twins Layla and Lucas, 6. Another sibling, Dylan, 7, died in February of complications from medical issues.

The grandparents are Wanda Boyer of Altoona, Linda Riner of Patton and Robert and Paula Boyer of Port Orange, Fla.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.