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Wednesday, Jan 01 2014 10:07 PM

Bakersfield couples welcome first babies of the new year

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Robin Howard holds her baby daughter Addison Howard, who was born at 1:37 a.m. Jan. 1 at Memorial Hospital. Monday, Howard was arrested on an outstanding warrant for selling methamphetamine.

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If Addison Howard's entrance into the world is any indication of things to come, her mother is going to have her hands full.

Robin Howard, 31, said her doctors had been taking steps to prevent her from going into labor for a month, but she began to feel contractions on Tuesday night. Addison's due date was still a couple weeks away, but the baby wasn't willing to wait.

Howard headed to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital on New Year's Eve and was slated to have a C-section early Wednesday morning, but even that wasn't soon enough for Addison.

At 1:37 a.m., Addison was born weighing 6 pounds 12 ounces, stretching 20 inches long and sporting a lot of dark hair.

"I think she's stubborn... she had to make like a grand entrance," Howard said.

Sandy Doucette, marketing manager for Dignity Health, said to the best of her knowledge, Addison was the first baby born in Bakersfield in 2014.

Resting after the delivery, Howard found Addison, her third child and first daughter, to be "just perfect."

"They're all miracles. (She is) awesome. Definitely a blessing," Howard said.

While Addison earned bragging rites, at San Joaquin Community Hospital boys were the trend. By the early afternoon, mothers had delivered three babies at the hospital, all of them boys.

-- Staff writer Rachel Cook

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