Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
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It's a girl! First 2014 baby born at Highlands Regional


SEBRING - Cherie Billie Bearden got her 15 seconds of fame Wednesday.

She was Highlands County's first baby of 2014. Her mother gave birth at 12:14 a.m. at Highlands Regional Medical Center.

It was at least the second year in a row for Highlands Regional Medical Center to have the year's first baby in the county.

Cherie weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.

She's also the first baby born to William Bearden and Ashley Wombles, who are from Okeechobee County.

Bearden said he and Wombles arrived at the hospital Tuesday and stayed overnight because they expected the baby to be born in the morning.

"I'm ecstatic," said George Wombles, Cherie's grandfather. "I love it."

The father said that from the start he noticed his daughter is very curious about the world in which she was born. He said she spent a lot of time looking around and taking in her surroundings.

But Ashley Wombles said Cherie also later slept well. By 10 a.m. it appeared that Cherie wanted to sleep more and she was keeping her eyes closed.

Ashley Wombles said she made the infant cap that Cherie wore on Tuesday.

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