Prince Frederick, MD - Just a little more than four-and-a-half hours after 2017 began Baby Ellie made her arrival into the world. According to Kylie McGraw, Eleanor wasn’t due until Jan. 12. However, Kylie and her husband, Daniel McGraw Jr., were ready for the birth of their first child one dozen days ahead of schedule. The Owings couple made the trip to Prince Frederick for Eleanor’s arrival at the Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH) Family Birth Center Jan. 1.
“It was dead-silent in the delivery room,” Daniel recalled.
“My aunt works here in delivery and she helped me,” said Kylie. Eleanor weighed over 8 pounds when she was born at 4:37 a.m.
According to CMH Director of Marketing and Public Relations Amy Brady, the center had two other overnight births but both occurred before midnight—in 2016.
The McGraws were aware their first child would be a girl. There are two reasons they selected the name Eleanor, which was popular during the early 20th century and now is making a comeback along with other traditional names. Kylie said there was an Eleanor in her family. Daniel noted that Eleanor was the name given to a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 in the 2000 movie about car thieves titled “Gone in 60 Seconds.”
“We wanted something old fashion,” said Daniel. Since Eleanor’s birth Daniel admitted the couple has been “sleepless.” He quickly added, “every time I look at the baby I smile.”
The McGraws are both lifelong Calvert County residents and both are Northern High School graduates. Both had been working at the construction project at Dominion Cove Point. Kylie said she was working there the day she learned she was pregnant. Daniel will be returning to work. Kylie and Eleanor are expected to return home Jan. 3.
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