Michael Muscarella said his knees had buckled twice in his life — when he received a draft notice and again on Thursday morning when he held his granddaughter for the first time.
Grace Nicole Corcoran was born 3:18 a.m. at Mount Nittany Medical Center, making her the first reported birth of 2015 in Centre County.
She is the first child of Mike and Nicole Corcoran, of Patton Township, and the first grandchild for the couple’s parents.
“We’re just excited she’s finally here and that we can finally meet her,” Nicole Corcoran said.
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Corcoran said her daughter’s name came from a nickname given by her father before Grace was born, and the middle name after herself.
“My dad kept calling her ‘Gracie,’ ” Nicole Corcoran said.
She said that although everyone thought she would have a boy, her father guessed the opposite.
“It’s like he just knew,” Nicole Corcoran said with a smile. “I was back and forth about it a couple times, but at one point I was pretty sure it was a boy.”
Muscarella and his wife have two daughters and a son, and he predicted the wrong gender with each of them, he said.
“Really, I was always wrong,” he said. “At one time, we thought she (Nicole) was going to be a boy. We had all the boy things picked out, and then they said it was a girl and our jaws dropped. … This time was just a feeling, I guess, and she’s already stolen our hearts.”
By noon Thursday, Nicole Corcoran had been up for more than 34 hours, and arrived at the hospital a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday.
About eight hours later, Grace was born.
“We have a healthy little girl,” Corcoran said.
The couple will likely be home by the weekend, Mike Corcoran said.
“I’m excited but pretty nervous,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from our families, and the nurses here have been great.”
Nurse Tricia Tilburg said she was thrilled to see the Corcorans ring in the New Year with Grace, who weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long.
“I was just so happy they had the first baby of the New Year because she (Nicole) was the day-care provider for my son,” Tilburg said.
Hospital communication coordinator Megan Maney said there were five babies born Thursday with Grace as of 7 p.m., and a few more may yet have a New Year’s birthday.