CARTHAGE — Davina A. Marcinko and Ryan D. Schack started off 2018 celebrating a little more than just the new year.
The couple, who live in Carthage, had watched the New Year’s ball drop on TV only about an hour before Ms. Marcinko’s water suddenly broke. Their second child was on the way.
“We had just gone to sleep when it happened,” she said.
And then it was a quick drive through the bitter cold to get to Carthage Area Hospital, where William David Schack arrived just before 4 a.m. Monday as the first baby born on New Year’s Day in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. He was 6 pounds and 18.5 inches.
Not only was William born on a first day of the year that included record-setting low temperatures (the National Weather Service reported minus 31 degrees in Watertown), he also shares his birthday with Ms. Marcinko’s grandfather, whose name is also William.
Though the due date was later this week, Ms. Marcinko said she was hoping William would be born a few days early on Jan. 1 to share the birthday with her grandfather. As of Monday morning, Ms. Marcinko’s wish came true.
“He was a great man,” Ms. Marcinko said.
William’s middle name, David, was the name of Mr. Schack’s grandfather.
Ms. Marcinko and Mr. Schack have been in a relationship for two years. Their daughter, Trinity, was born Dec. 17 last year. William was born a little heavier than his older sister, who was born just 4 pounds and 13 inches.