First baby of 2011 welcomed

PLYMOUTH — It was just a little less than a year ago that Cheryl Smith was named one of Marshall County’s Biggest Losers in a weight loss competition. And now this Culver grandma feels like the county’s biggest winner, as the first baby to arrive in 2011 at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth is happy, healthy and just wonderful, according to her mother Amy Malek, Smith’s daughter.
Abagail Rose Freese was born Jan. 2 at 9:15 a.m., weighing in at 6 lbs.,1 oz. and measuring 19 inches long.
Her father, Christopher Freese, chose Abagail because it is a name he really loves — and Rose is a family name.
Little Abagail’s big brother Skyler Pike will be able to share the exciting news of her being the New Year’s baby of 2011 when he returns to his first grade class at Jefferson Elementary.
Amy said, “Skyler is really excited, but still taking it all in.”
Abagail’s arrival was also extra special since she is the first girl born on Amy’s side of the family since she was born in 1986.
“She will have lots of cousins to play with, but they will all be boys,” Amy said.
An ultrasound performed during the pregnancy indicated that the due date was Jan. 2, but it appeared for a while that the birth could be Jan. 1.
Amy went to the hospital in the wee hours that day, but was sent home. That night near 10 p.m., the couple knew it was time to go back to the hospital.
Since the ultrasound confirmed they were having a girl, they were able to have the nursery all ready for the baby as they go home.
Amy was able to take time off from work during the last few months, but is planning to return to work in a few weeks.
Abagail will be spending her days with her grandmother Kathy Rose.
Other proud grandparents include Smith and her husband Joe of Culver and Curtis Freese of South Bend.
Amy said, “I’m so lucky to have such a supportive family.”