Published January 03, 2013
Olympia's first babies of 2013 both girlsCHELSEA KROTZER; Staff writer
Reini Side had hoped to spend New Year's Eve asleep. Being nine-months pregnant can be exhausting. Her soon-to-be daughter, Felicity, had other plans. Just after falling asleep, the 30-year-old Rochester woman's water broke and she was rushed to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia where just four hours later she gave birth to the hospital's first baby of 2013.A 9 pound 10 ounce Felicity made her debut at 1:59 a.m. Tuesday. She was 21 inches long. The birth was five days earlier than her due date, but Side thought she was still weeks away from the delivery room. "Everyone else in my family goes two tho three weeks late," Side said. "I was anticipating going late or at least somewhere around my due date, but my water broke at 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 31 and I was thinking 'are you kidding me?'"Given her daughter's size and opting for a natural birth, Side was happy to deliver early. Being the first baby of the year, the Sides left the hospital with a bounty of gift baskets. Another family received a similar treatment at Capital Medical Center on Wednesday morning when that facility's first baby was born. Melisa and Noah Irey of Lacey gave birth to 6 pound 6 ounce Kaya Irey at 7:59 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. The family went home with a large gift basket and certificates to Toys R Us and Babies R Us courtesy of the hospital, according to the release. There were 2,160 babies born at Providence St. Peter hospital in 2012, which is close to the yearly average of around 2,200 births, according to Chris Thomas, hospital spokesperson. Thomas said December 2012 was down from the monthly average of 180 babies. Only 120 were born that month. There were 655 babies born at Capital Medical Center, according to Diane Turney, hospital spokesperson, which has been close to the standard over the past few years. "We are a smaller hospital, but very much a community hospital," said Becky Means, Director of Women's Services at Capital Medical Center.