Houtzdale family welcomes 2014's first baby born in Centre County

Nine-year-old Aaron Domanick was excited to meet his new baby brother on Wednesday but was a little skittish when it came to holding him.

“He’s pretty delicate, so I didn’t want to do anything wrong,” Aaron said.

His 12-year-old sister, Hailey Domanick, on the other hand, had the new baby in hand and said she was thrilled to take on the big sister role again.

Amy Domanick-Rice and her husband, Mark Rice, of Houtzdale, welcomed Tate Andrew Rice, who was the first baby born in Centre County this year.

Tate is the third child of Domanick-Rice’s and first for Rice.

“He’s pretty special,” Domanick-Rice said. “We were surprised to hear he was the first of the year.”

Rice said Tate was named after his father, whose nickname was Tatum.

“I guess you could say it’s sort of after him,” Rice said.

Tate was born at Mount Nittany Medical Center at 2:03 a.m. Wednesday at 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long.

Later that morning, another local family introduced their son to the world as the second, and last baby born on New Year’s Day in Centre County, said Megan Maney, communications coordinator.

Accompanying the family was also Nancy Bowman, Domanick-Rice’s mother, who said Tate is her sixth grandchild.

“It gets more exciting every time,” she said.

To continue to ring in the new year, the couple will bring Tate home on Friday.