Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 1, 2014

Princeton parents welcome new baby for 2014

PRINCETON — In the future, Jan. 1 will be more than New Year’s Day. It will also be the day Alexandria Lea Faith Bowden came into the world.

Parents Brandie Bailey, 28, and James Bowden, 25, of Princeton were not expecting their new daughter to arrive at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, New Year’s Day, but she arrived anyway at Princeton Community Hospital. She was 19-inches-long and weighed a little more than six pounds.

“She had been expected on Feb. 1,” said Linda Bailey, Alexandria’s grandmother. “(Brandie) went into labor two weeks ago when she went to Roanoke, and they stopped the labor.”

The two extra weeks before birth gave Alexandria the opportunity to add more than two pounds to her weight, Brandie Bailey said as she held her daughter.

“She’s making faces,” her father said.

The parents agreed that New Year’s Day is going to be different now that the family has a birthday to celebrate, too. Bowden said one of his younger brothers was born on Dec. 23.

“You making faces? You making faces?” Brandie said as she held her new daughter. Alexandria looked around her new world.

“She stared at you for a moment,” Bowden added.

“She’s making faces,” Brandie said with a smile.

More relatives arrived to see their family’s new addition.

Sister-in-law Heather Bailey looked at Alexandria. “She’s got curls.”

“Yes!” Brandie added.

Alexandria was waiting to meet her siblings, 10-year-old Sierra and 8-year-old Kevin, their grandmother Linda said. A sister, Destinee, passed away in September 2010 a day after she was born.

The family had not been expecting a New Year’s Day birthday, but the family has one now.

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