A very tired Jaeda VanDeventer spoke Saturday morning about being the mom of the first child born in 2021 at Baptist Health Hardin.
She and Charles Harrison are parents to Kyree James Harrison. Kyree voiced his opinions about being the first by crying while his mom spoke about her new year’s experience.
He was born at 12:13 a.m. on New Year’s Day and VanDeventer said she wasn’t sure he’d be born in 2021 because she began pushing before midnight. She thought he might wind up being the last child born in the area in 2020.
At the time she was delivering Kyree, she said she really wasn’t thinking about the new year or having the first child of 2021. She wanted to deliver a healthy baby, plus she was tired and hungry. So her first wish for the new year was some sleep and a snack.
She said the staff gave her a New Year’s tiara and sparkling grape juice to celebrate.
Kyree was seven pounds, nine ounces and 21-inches long. He is VanDeventer’s first child.
Originally from Bardstown, VanDeventer now lives in Jefferson County. She moved when she was about 24 weeks pregnant and didn’t want to change doctors. She saw Dr. Basim Kahleifeh in Bardstown. So she stayed with him and delivered at Baptist Health Hardin.
She said Kyree’s 2021 birth feels like a fresh start after 2020 was such a strange year for everyone.
When VanDeventer looks forward 20 years, she hopes that Kyree will experience a world that is more the normal, like what everyone was used to before the chaos of 2020.
Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.