- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2004

Calvin Ga Han Kim claimed the runner-up spot in the metropolitan area’s “baby derby” yesterday after 2004 had already delivered a little “Zing.”

Calvin, the area’s second baby of the new year, was born at 12:34 a.m. yesterday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

The area’s first arrival of 2004 — baby girl Zing — was born at 12:00:09 a.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 193/4 inches long. Her parents, who live in Alexandria, have two other children and did not wish to talk to reporters about their newest arrival, hospital officials said.

Inova Fairfax spokeswoman Kathleen Thomas said the name Zing means “close to the new year” in Chinese, adding that mother and daughter are doing fine.

Calvin and his mother, 28-year-old Hyuan Kim of Lanham, are also doing fine, Washington Adventist Hospital officials said.

Born six weeks prematurely, Calvin weighed in at 5 pounds.

“The doctors told us that the average premature birth weighed about 3.5 pounds,” said Mrs. Kim’s husband, Hyo, 29, a roofing contractor. “So we weren’t expecting him to be as big [as he is].”

Yesterday the newborn boy slept soundly with a blue teddy bear in his mother’s arms amid all the media attention.

“This afternoon is the first time she got to hold him,” Mr. Kim said of his wife, who speaks little English. “She couldn’t hold him when he was first born [because of his premature birth].”

“I’m just glad that [mother and son] are healthy,” said Mr. Kim when asked if he had any wishes for the new addition to his family.

Though Calvin’s early arrival was unexpected, Mr. Kim said they were not caught in the midst of a New Year’s Eve celebration. Mrs. Kim’s water broke Tuesday, and she went into labor late Wednesday night.

“She was only in labor for a couple of hours,” said Mr. Kim, who was in the delivery room during the birth.

Calvin is the Kims’ first child.

The District’s first baby was born at 6:47 a.m. yesterday at George Washington University Hospital.

D.C. resident Randi Stewart gave birth to a girl who weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

Meanwhile, one woman in the metropolitan area was laboring Wednesday night to make sure she didn’t have the first baby of 2004.

Why?

A spokeswoman for Georgetown University Hospital said the 39-year-old mother was having twin girls and didn’t want them to be born in different months — let alone different years.

She got her wish, just barely. The first twin was born at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday and the second at 11:59:10 p.m. — just 50 seconds before midnight.

The mother and the girls are doing fine, hospital officials said.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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