Baby Kaylee Lynn Payne, with Mom Stacey, Dad Timmy and Mother Goose, arrived New Year’s Day at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

Prince Frederick, MD  – Nine hours into the new year Kaylee Lynn Payne of Mechanicsville arrived into the world. “She was early,” said Kaylee’s mother, Stacey, who gave birth Jan. 1 at Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH).

Kaylee, who weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce at birth, is CMH’s first baby of the new year. Mom Stacey had previously given birth to three boys and knew that number four would be a girl. Kaylee was one of the names considered. “When I saw her I knew which name I wanted,” said Stacey. “I’ve always liked the name.”

“I’m happy, but I’m glad it’s over with,” said Kaylee’s father, Timmy. With plenty of bed rest and the help of Kaylee’s grandparents, Stacey was well prepared for the new baby’s birth, which wasn’t supposed to happen until Jan. 15.

As to why Stacey chose CMH as her daughter’s birthplace, she explained, “I’ve had all my babies here. My doctor [Dr. Hilary Ginter] is here. They have a good staff.”

According to CMH spokeswoman Gail Harkins, the CMH Auxiliary has given Kaylee and her parents two gifts for being the hospital’s first baby of the year—a silver spoon with the words “Delivered with Care from Calvert Memorial Hospital” inscribed; and a stuffed Mother Goose.

Stacey and Kaylee were due to go home Sunday, Jan. 3. As for her three sons who now have a sister, Stacey said, “they are definitely excited.”

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com