SEBRING - For Marisol and Terry Dudley of Sebring, the birth of their sixth child Wednesday was at least to some degree a New Year's surprise.
The mother said she was told a medical procedure she had would prevent her from having another child, "but here she is anyways."
Elizabeth Grace Dudley was the first child born on New Year's Day at Florida Hospital Heartland Division at 9:46 a.m. She weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.
The family arrived around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday and the pregnancy ended up being induced, the mother said.
Earlier this year, the mother said, she had some signs that indicated she might be pregnant. When an ultrasound confirmed that, and it was determined the baby was already 16 weeks old, the mother said she was really surprised.
"I had to sit down," she remembered.
The father was also surprised. "I was in disbelief," he said.
The mother believes God was behind her having another child despite her medical situation.
"That's the only explanation for her," she said.
Although after having five children Dudley knew the drill, she said, the pregnancy wasn't any easier.
After being born Elizabeth looked around at her surroundings, the mother said.