Going to Lawrence Memorial Hospital early this morning was not a new experience for Stephanie McGrath, the mother of the first baby born in Lawrence in 1991.
Mrs. McGrath, a nurse on the postpartum floor, gave birth to a 7-pound, 19-inch boy at 3:38 a.m. today. As of late this morning, the McGraths hadn't decided on a name for their second child.
He arrived about a week early. Mrs. McGrath said the due date was Jan. 7.
"It all happened in the middle of the night," she said.
She and her husband, Timothy, a molecular researcher at Kansas University, have lived in Lawrence since Labor Day, when the couple moved here from Denver. They also have a 2 -year-old son, Michael, who his mother said seemed ready for a new sibling.
"He's been talking about it," she said, smiling.
Mrs. McGrath is among several LMH nurses who've given birth at their workplace. She said four nurses were due last February and that there is "a whole other batch due this spring."
She said it was reassuring to be familiar with the routine in the obstetrics unit.
"It's nice to know the people who are around you," Mrs. McGrath said. "Everything is going fine."
Mrs. McGrath said she expected to be in the hospital as a patient for about three days.
Maternal grandparents are Barbara and Virgil Tucker, Littleton, Colo.; paternal grandparents are Ila and Tom Messplay, Overland Park.