Bennington's first baby of 2018 arrives

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BENNINGTON — Alicia O'Brien and James Furciniti had been expecting their baby to arrive on a holiday — just not this holiday.

"Christmas was supposed to be my due date," O'Brien said. "But when she didn't come on her due date, I thought, 'Yeah, she's going to come in January.'"

Charlotte Hazel Furciniti became Bennington's first baby of 2018, arriving at 1:55 p.m. Monday at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches long. "I just love the name Charlotte," O'Brien said, "and Hazel is after my nan."

"I had always thought that she was going to come early, but I was wrong, I guess," O'Brien said. She didn't want to come out!"

O'Brien's contractions started around 2:30 a.m. Monday; by 7 a.m., "I said yeah, I think we're going to have the baby today," she said. They made the 35-minute drive to the hospital from their home in Cambridge, N.Y.

"It was freezing outside! So cold," O'Brien said. "She decided to come on the coldest day of the year."

O'Brien gave the hospital high marks. "Everything went great," she said. Kim Griffin, a midwife, had also delivered Charlotte's big brother, Wyatt, nearly three years ago. "She's like family to me. She's awesome."

O'Brien is a full-time mom, and James Furciniti works at Eagle Bridge Custom Meat and Smoke House in Eagle Bridge, N.Y.


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