FARMINGTON — It’s a girl!

Bristol Paige, born at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, was the first baby born in central Maine on New Year’s Day 2019.

The little girl weighed 7 pounds, 10.8 ounces and was 19.25 inches in length, her father Jason said by phone Tuesday morning, noting that he is a Maine state trooper and did not want their last name to be used. They live in Rumford.

“It’s very exciting — I kind of was hoping to have a New Year baby, based on our due date,” mother Larissa, 29, said. “It’s very exciting and we’re so thrilled that she’s happy, healthy and we can start our little family.”

Bristol was born shortly after Maine’s first babies of the new year: Karley Drue Williams, who arrived at 12:09 a.m. at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle, and Lev McGuckin, born at 12:21 a.m. at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Layla Grace White was delivered minutes after Bristol, at 3:44 a.m., at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.


Bristol’s dad Jason, 33, grew up in Winthrop and is a state trooper out of Troop B Barracks in Gray. Larissa grew up in Rumford and is a fifth-grade teacher at Rumford Elementary School.

“She is our first,” Jason said on being a new dad. “It’s pretty awesome. It feels awesome that we finally have a little girl. We’re both ecstatic about it.”

Nurse Midwife JennieLea Hanna of Franklin Health Women’s Care attended the birth.

As Franklin Memorial Hospital’s first baby of 2019, Bristol’s family was presented with a quilt donated by the Village Scrappers and another by the Tumbledown tackers, as well as a baby afghan made by Mary O’Donal, and a plush puppet and book provided by the hospital’s gift shop.

Franklin Memorial Hospital is part of MaineHealth, a not-for-profit integrated health system.

Portland Press Herald reporter Kelley Bouchard contributed to this report.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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