By Traci Moyer
The Herald Bulletin
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.”
Randy Titus, a spokesman for St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, said they did have a mother in labor Wednesday afternoon, but had yet to deliver their first baby in 2014.
In recent years, the first baby born in the county has kept each hospital guessing as several have even waited until Jan. 2 to make an appearance.
Kettery said to celebrate the start of a new year of babies, the first baby delivered is given a free set of baby pictures, a gift package from the hospital’s gift shop and this year VanWinkle will receive a case of diapers.
“We give them stuffed animals, a baby book and some extra stuff to make it special,” Kettery said.
And for VanWinkle — this was a very special delivery.
“I just have to get him home and he will be good to go,” she said.
VanWinkle, who is a student at Ivy Tech Community College studying to become a child psychologist and who works a part-time job, said being a mom at 19 years of age has not been easy, but her son will always come first.
“Whatever he wants to do in life I would support him,” she said. “Anything he wants to do – that is all right with me.”
Her only words of caution for her infant son, she said, is for him to be more patient than she was before becoming a parent.
“Try to get your life together before you have a child because it’s hard,” she said. “I hope he waits until after he gets married and is in his 30s.”
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Bundles of joy Community Hospital Anderson, which delivered this year's first baby, had 10 babies in their nursery on New Year's Day, split equally between five boys and five girls. Officials at Community said that, on average, they deliver more boys than girls at the hospital with 55 percent of their deliveries being boys and 45 percent being girls. For the last five years, Madison County has seen an even rotation between boys and girls who have been honored as the first baby born in the county. 2014 - boy 2013 - girl 2012 - boy 2011 - girl 2010 - boy