January 1, 2013

Baylor All Saints welcomes Tarrant's first baby of the year

Little Ferrah Farrar, Tarrant County's first baby of 2013, "is showing early signs of divadom," her proud father, Derrick Farrar, said Tuesday afternoon. Ferrah was born at 12:06 a.m. at Baylor All Saints Medical Center.

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FORT WORTH -- Little Ferrah Farrar arrived when she was ready.

Doctors tried to induce her birth Dec. 26, but after two days of trying, mom Kathleen Strickland went back home to play the waiting game.

Days later, about 4 p.m. New Year's Eve, she went into labor.

Ferrah was born at 12:06 a.m. New Year's Day at Baylor All Saints Medical Center's Andrews Women's Hospital in Fort Worth. She appears to be Tarrant County's first baby of 2013, according to a Star-Telegram survey of area hospitals.

"We can't wait to support and develop her dreams and be there for her," said proud father Derrick Farrar.

Ferrah arrived via natural delivery. She weighs 7 pounds 15 ounces and is 20.5 inches long.

Her two brothers are 18 months and 9 years old.

The Fort Worth couple said their new baby likes to sleep, eat and, apparently, make a grand entrance.

"She is showing early signs of divadom," Farrar said.

Ferrah was already trying to hold her head up when reporters visited her Tuesday. She had her first sneeze while cameras flashed. She blinked and widened her eyes when she heard people speak.

"She's cute," said Alicia Chavez, 9, a family friend who gave Ferrah a faux fur winter coat.

Farrar and Strickland have big hopes for Ferrah.

"First female president is a good start. Astronaut. Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys," Farrar said, pausing and chuckling. "I'm sure she can throw better than [Tony] Romo."

Even if Ferrah doesn't end up playing for the Cowboys, she'll always have something in common with Romo -- they both started 2013 in the headlines.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675

Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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