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NHH welcomes its first baby of 2013 0

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Tiny Maverick Paul Davison (seen with proud parents Mollie and Paul) was supposed to be the Northumberland Hills Hospital Christmas baby. Still, he did time his arrival to be the hospital's first arrival of 2013, on Jan. 2.

Tiny Maverick Paul Davison (seen with proud parents Mollie and Paul) was supposed to be the Northumberland Hills Hospital Christmas baby. Still, he did time his arrival to be the hospital's first arrival of 2013, on Jan. 2.

COBOURG - 

He was supposed to be a Christmas baby.

But having missed that deadline, Maverick Paul Davison did manage to be the first baby of the new year at Northumberland Hills Hospital on Jan. 2.

Maverick is the first baby for parents Mollie and Paul, a healthy eight-lb.-13.8-oz. boy whose tiny fists were bunched up against his face as if to prove he's ready for anything.

Mollie is a hairdresser who moved to Cobourg three years ago, never suspecting that her future husband (a chiropractor) lived across the street. She had already cut both his parents' hair before she ever met him.

When their first baby was on the way, they decided not to try to find out the sex in advance. All they wanted was a healthy child.

Mollie's water broke at 5 a.m. Wednesday and she went right in to the hospital, where they discovered it would be a breech birth. Though medical staff opted for a Caesarean to be performed instead, Maverick managed to delay his arrival until 9:20 a.m. — just in time for grandparents Sam and Lynda Miron to arrive from Brantford. Grandparents Ken and Jo Ann Davison had an easier trip, since Maverick is a sixth-generation Cobourg resident on his father's side.

Nurses report Maverick has his father's dimples, and both grandfathers hope he'll take the hint from their first present to him: a tiny Montreal Canadiens hockey stick.

The six delighted adults and one peacefully blissful little boy extend thanks to the hospital's Maternal/Child Care Unit, particularly Dr. Asiya Hameed, Dr. Michael Green, Dr. Allegra Lywood and registered nurses Mary Patrick, Cathy Oke and Brenda Eakins. As reported in the hospital’s latest annual report, the last fiscal year (April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012) saw 527 births, with support from a strong network of local family physicians, midwifery groups and obstetrician-gynecologists.

"The doctors and nurses are amazing," the new mother declared.

"And they're all excited to be part of the New Year's baby," her husband added.

In keeping with NHH tradition, Maverick will take home a lovely yellow layette purchased by Bowmanville couple Jen Harloff and Jeff Leech, parents of the 2012 New Year's baby – which means the Davisons will provide the gift for the 2014 New Year's baby.

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