Lock Haven couple get New Year’s treat

The pink booties were a dead giveaway as to Rhyan A. Sox’s gender Tuesday afternoon on a couch inside a room at The Birthplace at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

But for the parents of the first baby born in Lycoming County in 2013, their baby’s gender was kept a surprise until the time of delivery.

The daughter of Sarah K. Sox and Kris Orwig, of Lock Haven, who didn’t want to know if their baby was a girl or boy, was born at 12:38 a.m. Tuesday.

Sox is 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long.

It was a routine labor process for the mother who said she went into labor about 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and was driven to the hospital without incident.

“I was late,” said Sarah, whose due date was Dec. 27. “We didn’t expect to get to New Years,” Orwig said.

The nurses and midwife said it was possible once she arrived on New Year’s Eve, he said.

Orwig acknowledged he did everything he could to keep his composure.

“She asked me if I needed help because I was so pale,” he said. In the room for the delivery, Orwig said it was an experience he will cherish forever.

Kathy Sox, Sarah’s mother, said she was excited as the family continued to grow.

She is a grandmother and her oldest daughter is due in August.

“We are truly greatful and blessed,” Orwig said. “We understand none of this is possible without God,” he said.

Sarah Sox attends St. Agnes Church in Lock Haven and is a pharmacy technician at Wal-Mart in Mill Hall. Orwig is a foreman for Pennline Tree Service, a contractor with PPL that does vegetation management.

Orwig wore a Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt and was happy about the team’s playoff appearance.

“I’ve had three surprises,” he said. “A New Years baby, not knowing it was a girl and the Vikings in the playoffs.”

At Danville, Marin Rose Snyder was the first baby born at Geisinger Medical Center for the New Year, according to Michael S. Ferlazzo, a hospital spokesman.

At 10:27 a.m. Tuesday, Snyder came in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches.

She is the daughter of Beth and Kyle Snyder, of Elysburg, and joins two brothers at home, Benjamin, 4, and Aiden, 1.

At The Family Place at Evangelical Community Hospital Tanner Allen-Marshall Hoover was born at 2:08 a.m. Tuesday. He is the son of Megan Swope and Jedd Hoover, of Mt. Pleasant Mills.

Nurses in the labor and delivery room at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro said they were continuing to wait for a birth.