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Jan 1, 2014 4:08 PM by Sara Donchey

Wisconsin Couple Adopts First Baby of 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The first baby of 2014 who was born at Spohn South was ushered into the world just before 8 o'clock this morning by two different families.

Nineteen-year-old Riley Miller of Rockport gave birth to a 7 pound 3 ounce baby girl with a full head of hair on the first morning of the first day of the year.

"I'm just happy she's here though, honestly," Miller said. "Could've been any day of the year."

But it's Mark and Katie Smullen of Wisconsin who'll be taking the baby girl home; they're adopting her from Miller.

"It's a miracle, I mean however it happens it's a miracle," Katie Smullen said. "It was a beautiful moment for sure."

Miller, who already has a 2-year-old son, started looking into open adoption because she says she couldn't afford to raise the child but still wanted to keep in touch.

That worked out just fine for the Smullens, who couldn't have children of their own.

"We liked the open adoption part of it so that she would always know how loved she was by her birth mom and her birth family and always be connected," Smullen said.

The Smullens were matched with Miller through an adoption agency.

And Miller said it was the couples' personality that won her over.

"They were so fun and happy," Miller said. "Everyone else I talked to was so stiff and awkward, and you need someone fun and happy to raise a child."

The Smullens plan to stay in Texas for a few weeks to complete the necessary adoption paperwork before they can take their baby girl to her new home in Wisconsin.'

They chose to name her Abigail Riley Smullen.

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