December 19, 2012
Some were born Jan. 1 while others arrived a day or two later. Some were from Clinton County and others further away. But all carry the honor of being a New Year’s Baby at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
The hospital Women and Infant Center was a busy place New Year’s Day, 2012, as three families welcomed new arrivals within a few hours of each other.
Kiram Lee Kahn, son of Danela Jones of Carlyle and Pete Kahn of Belleville, arrived at 11:18 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, and was the official First Arrival. Sharing his birth date was Hayden Matthew Shewmake, son of Jessica and Garrett Shewmake of Ashley, who arrived at 12:58 p.m., and Augustus James Block, son of Jamie and Eric Block of Aviston, who came into the world at 1:19 p.m.
Kiram Lee weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long; Hayden Matthew was 9 pounds, 6 ounces and 22 inches long; and Augustus James was 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 20-1/2 inches long.
The 2011 New Year’s Baby, Paitten Rose Foster, daughter of Laura Doty and Robert Foster of Millersburg, arrived at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, while the 2010 honoree, Addison Jolene Barriger, daughter of Anne Wuebbels and Erik Barriger of Germantown, came into the world at 1:01 p.m. New Year ’s Day.
Paitten Rose weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long while Addison Jolene was 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 22 inches long.
Bryce Michael, son of Amy and Brian Haar of Trenton, came along at 6:55 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, to be the 2009 New Year’s Baby. He weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and was 22 inches long.
Twins were the highlight of the 2008 celebration as Briea JeanMarie and Samuel Darrell, children of Michelle and Sam Perkins of Highland, arrived Wednesday, Jan. 2. Briea JeanMarie was born at 7:47 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and being 18-1/2 inches long; and Samuel Darrell followed at 7:49 a.m. weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and being 20 inches long.
They followed the example of Aiden Joshua Viehland-Markus, son of Jacqueline Markus and Josh Viehland of Breese, who was also born on Jan. 2 to become the 2007 New Year’s Baby. He arrived at 7:51 a.m., weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches long.
The First Baby of 2006—Maddax Joseph Etheridge, son of Shannon and Justin Etheridge of Hoffman—made his entrance right away, at 7:29 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, while the 2005 and 2004 New Year’s babies waited until the day was almost over.
Ava Gayle Michael, daughter of Gaylen and Amy Michael of Grantfork, entered the world at 11:25 p.m. Jan. 1, 2005, while Zachary Ryan Malcomb, son of Wanda Strubhart and Wil C. Malcomb Jr., of Albers, arrived at 11:05 p.m. Jan. 1, 2004.
In 2003, Logan Marshel McClain, son of Kelly and Robert McClain of Iuka, waited until 4:04 p.m. Jan. 2, while the two before that picked New Year’s Day to make their entrance: Brenna Jo Weiss, daughter of Ryan and Judy Weiss of Millersburg, at 6:27 p.m. Jan. 1, 2002, and Blake Christopher Sellers, son of Chad and Denise Sellers of Breese, at 5:53 a.m. Jan. 1, 2001.
For the millennium, the hospital feted the last baby born in the 20th Century—Collin Michael Johnson, son of Aislinn and Scott Johnson of Sandoval, who arrived at 5:51 p.m. Dec. 31, 1999—and the first in the 21st Century—Hunter John Kruep, son of Iantha and Bruce Kruep of Breese, who arrived at 8:12 a.m. Jan. 1, 2000.
Other New Year’s Babies included:
-Alyssa Jo Ripperda, daughter of Linda and Kurt Ripperda of Breese, born at 1:48 p.m. Jan. 4, 1999;
-LeeAnn Nicole Gozia, daughter of Sandra and Michael Gozia of Sullivan, Mo., born at 11:46 a.m. Jan. 3, 1998;
-Brooke Marie Wuebbels, daughter of Amy Huelskamp of Breese and Brian Wuebbels of Germantown, born at 3:24 p.m. Jan. 2, 1997;
-Donstan Brock Portell, son of Brent and Kathy (Schwend) Portell of Highland, born at 4:56 a.m. Jan. 1, 1996;
-Harley Renae Black, daughter of Amy (Miller) and Barry Black of Herrick, born at 1:06 p.m. Jan. 1, 1995;
-Max Keegan Harris, son of Laura and Pat Harris of Greenville, born at 6:20 a.m. Jan. 1, 1993;
-Jaqualine Mickenzie Stringer, daughter of Melody White and Joseph Stringer of Vandalia, born at 5:19 a.m. Jan. 1, 1992;
-Andrew Michael Winkler, son of Lisa and Elvis Winkler of Breese, born at 9:33 p.m. Jan. 1, 1991; and
-Kirsten Marie Koehler, daughter of Carol Detmer and Jeff Koehler of Beckemeyer, born at 12:46 p.m. Jan. 1, 1990.
At least two New Year’s babies had family connections with other Jan. 1 arrivals.
Allen Joseph Hodapp, son of Geralyn and Bernard Hodapp of Carlyle, arrived at 7:34 a.m. Jan. 1, 1985, and later his uncle, Mark and Maryann Thole of rural Carlyle, became the proud parents of Melissa Marie Thole, born at 10:19 a.m. Jan. 3, the 1994 honoree.
In 1982, Eric Joseph Poettker, son of Pat and Duane Poettker of St. Rose, was born at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 4, to be that year’s First Arrival; while mother Pat (Georgy) was the 1953 New Year’s Baby, arriving at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1.
Businesses and organizations are invited to join St. Joseph’s in Breese in welcoming the 2013 New Year’s Baby. Contact 526-5698 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If more than one baby arrives on New Year’s Day, those families will be recognized with a gift from the hospital. If no babies are born on New Year’s Day, only the first to arrive will be honored.