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Meet Pasco's first baby of 2014

Trisha Preininger and her son, K.C. Wernecke

Medical Center of Trinity

Trisha Preininger and her son, K.C. Wernecke

Trinity

County's first baby of 2014

He was supposed to have been an Aidan, but a friend stole the name. A "K" at the front saved the day. Now Kaidan Charles "K.C." Wernecke holds a unique title. Born at 6:09 a.m. Wednesday, he was Pasco County's first baby of 2014.

His mom, Trisha Preininger, 25, of Land O'Lakes, didn't expect him until Jan. 6. But the back pains that started on New Year's Eve got stronger and stronger. About 1 a.m., Preininger, her mom, sister and boyfriend, K.C. Wernecke, headed to Medical Center of Trinity, where Kaidan was born about five hours later. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel also reported a New Year's Day baby boy born at 10:42 a.m. who weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

Preininger and her son were expected to go home Friday. "He opens his eyes once in a while," said Preininger, who graduated in 2006 from Land O'Lakes High School. The tweak to the name allowed him to have the same initials as his dad, Kenneth Charles Wernecke.

K.C., who weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long, is Preininger's second child. Big sister Kendall Wernecke, 5, was born Dec. 29, 2008. Due on Jan. 8, 2009, she was almost a new year's baby. "At first she wanted his birthday to be on her birthday," Preininger said. "But I told her she really didn't want that."

Both children's names were inspired by characters from the popular ABC soap, All My Children.

Kendall was the name given to the daughter of Susan Lucci's famous character, Erica Kane.

Aidan was another character on the show, which Preininger used to watch with her mom when she was 16.

"I always said if I had a girl I'd name her Kendall and if I had a boy I'd name him Aidan," she said.

For being the New Year's Day baby at Trinity, the family got a goody bag with a stuffed teddy bear, a blanket, rattle, bib, photo frame, diapers and wipes.

Meet Pasco's first baby of 2014 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 5:09pm]
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