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January 2, 2013

It’s a boy! Allegany County welcomes first baby of 2013

Frostburg resident Brock Mason Durst born at 12:03 a.m. on New Year’s Day

CUMBERLAND — “We had the ball drop on the TV in our room. Nick and I had a kiss after the countdown and it was time to push again,” said Jackie Durst, mother of Allegany County’s first baby of 2013.

Born at 12:03 a.m. at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Brock Mason Durst, 8 pounds and 1.8 ounces, became the first baby of the new year.

Brock is the son of Nick and Jackie Durst of Frost Avenue, Frostburg.

“I’m thrilled. He is our first baby. We are excited all around,” said Jackie about the 20 and 1/2 inch baby boy.

“He was overdue. His due date was December 28. They had to induce me,” said Jackie.

“They started inducing at 9 a.m. It ran all day,” said Nick.

“I didn’t think about him being the first baby, I just wanted him out safely,” said Jackie.

“He was keeping us on our toes.”

Jackie is an athletic trainer at Frostburg State University while Nick is a funeral director at the Durst Funeral Home in Frostburg, which is owned by his parents.

“He squealed at first. He gave his new year’s cheer then they gave him to Nick and he calmed down,” said Jackie.

“After he was born they tickled his feet then they cleaned him up and gave him to me,” said Nick.

“I held him while they took care of Jackie.”

Jackie has a brother in Georgia who had a baby on Halloween.

“We had family in at Christmas and they came and left and he (Brock) still didn’t show up,” said Jackie.

“The nurses and doctors were excited. They were cheering along.”

Jackie reported having no sickness or aches and pains during the pregnancy and said she was active the whole time.

“I feel blessed. I’m happy to have this kind of start to the new year. I’m very thankful,” said Jackie.

“I feel good about it,” said Nick.

The glowing parents clearly have high hopes for the new arrival.

“I want him to meet all his hopes and dreams. I want to be supportive,” said Jackie.

“I want him to enjoy every day as much as he can and try to do whatever he wants,” said Nick.

Jackie, who is off work until March, is expected to leave the hospital this morning.

When asked who the baby looks like, Jackie said, “He looks like Nick.”

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