G.C.'s New Year's baby an early arrival





Madelin Analy Hernandez must have wanted to be the first baby born at St. Catherine Hospital in 2013.

The 5-pound, 1-ounce Madelin came into the world Monday morning, and her mother, Maria Hernandez, said she wasn't expecting her quite that soon.

"She came early because my blood pressure was high and the doctors didn't like it. She was supposed to be born like Jan. 19," Hernandez said.

Despite the early delivery, the baby was completely healthy and didn't require any type of additional neonatal care. But after 27 hours of labor, Hernandez was happy when Madelin did make her way into the world at 8:54 a.m. New Year's Day.

Madelin's father, Jose Hernandez, and her two big brothers, 14-year-old David Hernandez and 10-year-old Miguel Hernandez, were in their mother's hospital room when Shawna Whitehurst, community relations coordinator at St. Catherine's Hospital, delivered a complimentary gift basket to them.

"We have for you a subscription to The Telegram — and these are all donated by each business — a membership to the Y for three months, a membership to the zoo, some little knick-knack baby stuff in here, a teddy bear, a one-sy. This blanket right here was made by Hayley Finch, who's a 15-year-old. She's made blankets, and she wanted to be sure to save one for the New Year's baby ... and Girl Scouts donated a bunch of stuff, too," Whitehurst told the couple.

The businesses and individuals who donated items to the gift basket were Ewe's Gifts, EagleMed, Tranquility Salon and Spa, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, The Garden City Telegram, Finch, the Garden City Fire Department, The Garden City Family YMCA, Girl Scouts of America and St. Catherine.

Upon hearing of the items in the basket, Miguel couldn't contain his excitement and yelled out a, "woohoo." He also said that he would be babysitting his little sister, after school each day, but that he won't be changing diapers, as he pointed to David.

"Oh yeah, leave all the hard work to me," David said, and then laughed.

David said he was happy to have a baby sister.

"We have an older sister, but she's in Texas right now, so it's good to have another sister around," he said.

"It was my older brother, Jose, who thought of her name and my mom and dad agreed with it," Miguel said, referring to his new sister as a "star."

Sarah Jameson, RN at St. Catherine, said Dr. Thomas Koksal delivered baby Madelin, who was the only one in the running for the New Year's baby honors. She said that was much different from a couple of years ago.

"The year before that, I remember it was like a fight between Dr. (Jeremy) Roderick and Dr. Koksal. Both of the ladies were like pushing at the same time ... and it was right after midnight. That was a fun night," she said.

On New Year's Eve, Jameson said there was only one other baby who came close to beating out Madelin for the first baby of the year.

"One was at like 10:45 p.m., so it was close to midnight, and then the other one was in the afternoon, like at 2," she said.

The total number of babies born at St. Catherine in 2012 — 783 — was written on a dry erase board in the nurses' station.

"It's been really low this year though, with our totals," she said, referring to past years in which an average of approximately 900 babies had been born there.

On the same board, the total number of babies born in 2013 — one — also was written.

Maria Hernandez said that they knew they were having a girl, but that she wasn't completely convinced, as sonograms have been known to play tricks. After having had three boys in a row, she said it was time for a girl.

Both she and the baby were released Wednesday morning.

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