Zoey Randle, born Sunday morning, is first baby born in Portland area this year.
by: Providence Health and Services Sarah Hardt, 25, of Tigard holds her newborn baby Zoey Randle, who was born just after midnight Jan. 1, 2012

TIGARD - When Sarah Hardt found out she was pregnant with her first child, she expected her baby would be born around Christmas, she said.

Instead her daughter became the first baby born in the Portland-area in 2012.

'I had thought that she might end up being a Christmas Eve or Christmas baby,' said Hardt, 25, from her hospital room at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Tuesday morning. 'But then it was (Dec.) 27 and I thought 'Wow, I still have her.''

Delivered by Caesarean section to Hardt and father Tariq Randle, Zoey Antoinette Randle was born with a full head of hair at 12:27 a.m., New Year's Day, making her one of the first babies born in the U.S. in 2012.

'It's exciting,' said Hardt, a life-long Tigard resident. 'It's the little unique facts about us that people love.'

With Zoey due more than a week earlier, doctors decided late New Year's Eve to deliver the baby in order to avoid additional stress on on Zoey and the possibility of infection.

'After I heard I'd be having a c-section I thought she'd probably be born on the first, but nothing came across my mind that she would end being the first,' Hardt said.

As the first baby born in the area, The 8-pound, 4-ounce girl has received a bit of attention from local media, which Hardt has welcomed.

'I've saved about every printout possible and I'll be putting them in a scrapbook for her,' Hardt said. 'It's one more exciting little fact about her. When she's old enough I can't wait to tell her.'

Hardt - herself born on Cinco De Mayo - said she looks forward to celebrating her daughter's birthday with the rest of the world on Jan. 1.

'She will always have a celebration on her birthday,' Hardt laughed.

Both Hardt and Zoey are doing well, and mother and daughter are expected to leave St. Vincent's on Wednesday and go home to Tigard.

Hardt and Randle have Zoey's room all ready for her, they said.

Providence St. Vincent is no stranger to delivering babies. The hospital located off Highway 26 in Cedar Mill delivers one in seven babies in the Providence hospital family, according to Providence Health and Services, and the hospital group delivers one in four babies born in Oregon.

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