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Twins delivered at Crouse Hospital are first Central New York babies of the New Year

Every year there's a little friendly competition between hospitals in Central New York to see which one will deliver the first New Year’s baby.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Every year there's a little friendly competition between hospitals in Central New York to see which one will deliver the first New Year’s baby.

This year, Crouse Hospital won first and second place after delivering twins just before 1:30 a.m.

The twins were a big surprise to parents Kim and Kenneth Merriman as they came 11 weeks early.

Baby girl - Karlie - and baby boy - Kyrie - were due March 13.

“I was trying to keep them in as long as I can,” mom Kim said.

Karlie, weighed in at just 2 pounds 11 ounces and her brother Kyrie at 2 pounds 8 ounces.

Both are gaining strength and doing well.

“My daughter she was crying immediately so that's one of the first things you look for so that was huge for me. They had to work a few minutes to get my son out and once I saw a little movement I felt good,” Kenneth said.

The twins will be at Crouse several weeks as they have to put on a few more pounds before they can go home.

At home, the Merrimans, who were high school sweethearts, have four other children.

Including another set of twins, who are two years old and also born premature.

Karlie and Kyrie are not only the first babies born in Central New York in 2014, but being a New Year’s baby seems to run in the family.

Dad is also a New Year’s baby.

“Probably the best birthday present I ever got and you were not expecting this. If you told me this 24 hours ago, I would have told you were crazy,” Kenneth said.

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