GLENS FALLS — Apparently, Marianna Alicia Ramos was willing to wait for New Year’s Day, but she wasn’t willing to wait much longer.

“I wasn’t due until Jan. 20, but I started having contractions at 2:30 this morning,” Marianna’s mother, Sarah Manell, said Sunday afternoon as she held the first baby of the year born at Glens Falls Hospital. “My water broke about 10 minutes before 6 a.m., and I woke up my boyfriend and told him we had to go.”

Marianna’s father, Michael Ramos, was not at the hospital while Manell was telling the story. He had gone home to pick up several items for his girlfriend and their daughter.

“We left so quickly that we didn’t bring a lot of things,” Manell said. “We just had to get to the hospital, so there were a lot of things we left at home.”

Getting to the hospital quickly turned out to be a terrific idea, because roughly three hours after they arrived at The Snuggery, Marianna was born at 9:13 a.m.

“It was very painful, but it was worth it,” Manell said. “My boyfriend was excited, and he cried. I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect or what was going on.”

Marianna was sleeping on her mother during an afternoon visit, but she was going to wake up soon and get a meal. She and her mother had been moved from The Snuggery, where births take place, to a post-partum unit, where Manell was also able to rest.

While Marianna was the first baby born at Glens Falls, she missed being the first baby in the Capital Region by slightly more than nine hours.

The first baby in the region was Amanah Santos, who was born at 12:01 a.m. She was born at Bellevue Women’s Center in Niskayuna, and her parents are Richard and Maryam Ally Santos of Cohoes.

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