Mary Ann and Stephen Shivone hold their newborn, Zosia Shivone on Monday. Zosia was born around 11 a.m. Sunday.
Photo by Patrice Kohl
A Soldotna family rang in the new year with new life and Texas tradition Sunday.
“We brought in the new year with big contractions,” said Mary Ann Shivone, mother of the first baby born at Central Peninsula General Hospital this year.
Zosia Carolina Shivone was born about 11 a.m. Sunday, following contractions that began shortly before midnight Saturday and kept Shivone awake all night long.
“I could tell my body was getting ready,” she said.
On Sunday afternoon, family members and friends filled Shivone’s hospital room and introduced baby Zosia to her first New Year’s celebration. Ten to 12 people squeezed into a room smaller than most breezeways and Shivone’s father, a doctor and a musician, played guitar.
Shivone lived in Alaska as a teenager, but has been living in Texas with her husband up until about six moths ago when they moved to Soldotna.
Her parents, who are originally from Texas, brought black-eyed peas with them to the hospital, a traditional Texan dish eaten to bring in the new year.
“Bringing in the black-eyed peas was just an excuse to see the baby some more,” said Stephen Shivone, Mary Ann’s husband.
Zosia had been due to arrive Thursday, but family members had been placing bets on when the baby would be born a bet Mary Ann Shivone’s mom won.
The Shivones were married the day Pope John Paul II died. They gave their daughter a Polish name in his honor.
Mary Ann has 10 siblings and expects Zosia to be only the first of many of her own children.
“I think she has a little bit of both of us at this point,” Stephen said when asked which parent Zosia resembles the most.
Both parents where surprised by Zosia’s not-so-little toes.
“She has the world’s longest toes,” Mary Ann said.
“Her feet are like hands,” Stephen added.
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