ANDERSON, Ind. — It’s a boy!
Madison County’s first baby of 2014 was born at 8:45 a.m. New Year’s Day at Community Hospital Anderson.
He arrived three weeks before his scheduled due date.
Quinton Jay VanWinkle weighed 6 pounds, 8.4 ounces and was 20 inches long. His mother, Allison VanWinkle, said she is doing fine after the delivery and her son is “perfect.”
VanWinkle, 19, said she was not feeling well and did not stay up to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. Instead, she decided not to watch the ball drop because she just felt so tired.
“I did not know I was in labor,” she said. “I normally do stay up, but last night I tried to go to sleep around 10 p.m.”
Less than three hours later VanWinkle, who lives in Pendleton, arrived at Community to deliver her son.
She was in labor for more than eight hours.
While VanWinkle missed this year’s celebration, next year will be different.
“Now we will have a birthday to celebrate,” she said.
Quinton was not only the county’s first baby born on New Year’s Day, he is VanWinkle’s first child and the first grandchild on her side of the family.
Not everyone was surprised, however, by his early arrival.
“My mom and dad were really excited, but my boyfriend’s mom expected it,” VanWinkle said. “I’ve been having complications so she thought I would have him early.”
Deidre Kettery, the OB manger for Community, said this time of year is an exciting time for her department to see if St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital or Community will deliver the first baby in the county.
“It’s kind of a little rivalry between the hospitals to see who delivers the first baby,” Kettery said with a laugh. “The departments will actually call each other and ask if they have a labor.”