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First baby of 2013 welcomed
Girl surprises parents at nearly 11 pounds
Jeff and Britney Payne hold baby Elizabeth Ann on Wednesday at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. She was the first baby of the new year in Forsyth County. - photo by Autumn Vetter

The first baby born at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in 2013 likely won’t be able to get away with much as she grows up.

Britney and Jeff Payne, both police officers for the city of Roswell, where they also live, welcomed their first child on New Year’s Day.

Elizabeth Ann Payne came into the world about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Women’s Center.

Her parents said they weren’t expecting to deliver the local New Year’s baby, since the original due date was Dec. 29.

“[Doctors] were convinced that she was going to be born early, so we were hoping for not on Christmas and that’s as far as our hopes went,” Britney Payne said.

“It didn’t even dawn on me until like the 10th person here said something about it being New Year’s Eve … so that never even figured into our minds until after she was born.”

A couple days earlier, it definitely seemed Elizabeth Ann would make her appearance before New Year’s Day.

“I started having contractions about every eight minutes apart [Saturday],” she said.

She went to her doctor’s office, where she was told to go to the hospital because her blood pressure was somewhat high.

But she was soon back home.

“On Sunday, the contractions were still eight minutes apart … and not getting any closer together and I was about to lose my mind,” she said, noting that she went back to the hospital, was only minimally dilated and returned home again.

“By New Year’s Eve, we got up that morning and every time I’d have a contraction I was about to scream.”

About lunchtime Monday, Britney Payne said she couldn’t take it anymore and told her husband to take her back to the hospital.

This time, employees agreed that she should stay and checked her in.

“By the time they got the IV in and all that … the contractions were like every other minute,” Britney Payne said.

At 2 a.m. Tuesday, she was finally able to start pushing and Elizabeth Ann was born about 40 minutes later.

Besides her later-than-anticipated arrival, the Paynes were also surprised by their baby’s size.

Britney Payne said it was estimated that her daughter would weigh “about seven and a half pounds,” but she ended up weighing nearly 11.

She said hospital staffers started taking bets on the baby’s exact weight, which ended up being 10 pounds 9 ounces.

“Every nurse has been like, ‘She’s a toddler,” her mom said.

Added dad: “All these little newborn clothes we got at the baby showers, they’re not going to fit.”

Due to their profession, both parents agreed their daughter will be well overseen as she grows up.

Britney Payne said the whole police department has been so supportive.

“We’ve been flooded with congratulations … we’ve had 140-something text messages, so we just turned our phones off,” she said.

“She won’t get away with much,” added Jeff Payne. “All of our co-workers will know her.”

But that may be fair payback, since he said her birth tops every nerve-racking experience he’s had in law enforcement.

“I’ve been shot at, punched, bitten, but nothing was ever as scary as this,” he joked.