Kymberlee Larrabee gave birth to Waldo County General Hospital’s first baby of the new year with husband Caleb by her side Jan. 5 at 10:16 a.m. Their baby, Audree, weighed in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

The Winterport couple planned a home birth for their baby, who was not due until Jan. 28, but Larrabee had to be transported to the hospital when it was discovered that the baby was in a breech position, she said. She stayed in the hospital for three days after an emergency cesarean.

The couple is now home and adjusting to a new routine as first-time parents, she said. So far, the baby has not kept them up and they have been able to get some sleep. She said she “couldn’t ask for a better baby, I think.”

They have allowed close family members to meet the baby, but are limiting who interacts with them because of the coronavirus, she said. COVID-19 altered traditional celebrations and appointments during her pregnancy.

Larrabee could have only 10 people at her baby shower in 2020, and her husband could not attend all of her appointments in the later days of her pregnancy. Her mother could not attend any of her ultrasounds, she said. Despite all of the couple’s struggles, they always told themselves that it would be worth it in the end.

As a preemie, Audree had a hard time feeding at first, but is better at it now, she said. She praised the nurses who helped her in the hospital and said she would feel comfortable returning to the hospital to have another baby.

“The nurses were absolutely wonderful there, especially when we struggled with her feeding, they were right there to help,” Larrabee said.

She is healing well and the couple already could not imagine life without Audree, she said. She is looking forward to getting to know her baby and watching her grow into the person she will become.

“The pregnancy flew by really quick and we were kind of in shock that she came so quickly and early,” she said. “We’re grateful to spend this extra time with her and get to know who she is.”