Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Diaper Derby off to Fast Start

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Diaper Derby off to Fast Start

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As the clock ticked toward the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, most eyes may have been on the ball in Times Square, but for a handful of couples in North Jersey and nearby areas, the race was on -- who would welcome the first baby of 2016?

Fifty-three minutes into the New Year, the honor went to Kamila Daniszewski, who was born at 12:53 a.m. at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

Kamila, the daughter of Magdalena and Milosz Daniszewski of Elmwood Park, came into the world weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces and with a length of 20 inches.

The first baby in Bergen County is believed to be Maximus Kane Mena, born in Hackensack University Medical Center to Irena and Eric Mena at 2:27 a.m. He is 7 pounds, 5.2 ounces and 20 1/4 inches long.

Linda and Nina Daniszewski, 6-year-old twin sisters, were on hand to welcome their new sister in their mother's hospital room on New Year's Day, seeming to be a little more excited to be playing with the congratulatory helium balloons than with the presence of Kamila.

The parents, both 34 years old, arrived in the United States from Poland 11 years ago, the mother said.

The Menas, who had moved into a new home in Nutley from East Rutherford just last week, were still in awe over the birth of their first child Friday morning. Irena Mena's hospital room was filled with family members -- Maximus is the first grandchild and great- grandchild in the family.

"It feels surreal," said Eric Mena, 26. "It feels like it came and went. It's exciting."

Though both Irena Mena, 27, and her baby were doing well late Friday morning, the delivery wasn't smooth, requiring an emergency cesarean section. Maximus was whisked off to the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit for observation.

"I'm just excited to actually get down there and hold him," said Irena Mena, "because I haven't been able to."

And although it didn't occur in Bergen or Passaic counties, Kendrick DePew was born at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, a division of the Hackensack University Medical Center system, at 12:34 a. …

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