Source: The News-Enterprise
When Patricia “Danielle” Campbell and Nick Curtsinger arrived at Baptist Health Hardin to deliver their baby, they didn’t realize they would be in a competition.
Checking in a few hours after them was another woman who was further along in her delivery.
When the couple from Lebanon was told of the woman’s arrival and that a baby had yet to be delivered in the new year at the hospital, it was a matter of time to see which family would have the first newborn of 2022.
“I was like, ‘Well heck, I didn’t know we were in a race here,’” Campbell said, laughing.
Campbell, 22, gave birth at 8:48 a.m. Sunday to Violette Kay Curtsinger. Violette was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Both Violette and Campbell are doing well.
It was the couple’s first child and Campbell said she was surprised how smooth the birth went.
“We were very nervous but everything went better than according to plan,” she said, adding she only pushed for 30 minutes. “When I say it went way better than we anticipated, I mean that.”
After Campbell received an epidural, Curtsinger, 24, said Violette decided to make a quick entry into the world.
“She came out like a rocket,” he said.
Campbell said the speed in which Violette arrived was a surprise.
“I wish I had a picture of (Nick’s) facial expression when I pushed her out because I don’t think anyone in that room expected her to come so easily,” she said. “She was ready to come.”
Curtsinger said he was nervous about being in the delivery room and glad he didn’t pass out.
“I was worried about doing that,” he said, adding he cut the umbilical cord. “I was more excited and more worried for (Danielle) more than anything.”
Being new parents is “absolutely the best feeling,” Campbell said.
“There’s no words to describe it,” Curtsinger said. “Looking at her, I want to give her everything I have and more. I probably won’t stop until I do.”
Campbell said apart from a few cries when Violette entered the world, she has adjusted well.
“She was a little fussy at first coming into the world being new and all,” she said.
“She’s found one of her fingers and she’s been quiet ever since,” Curtsinger added.
Delivering the baby was Dr. Basim M. Kahleifeh, whose office is in Bardstown but he delivers at the hospital in Elizabethtown.
Campbell said the couple felt fortunate to be at Baptist Health Hardin.
“We could not ask for a better staff than here,” she said.
Curtsinger said Birthplace staff also was great.
“They’ve been helpful,” he said. “Anytime we need something, even if we don’t, they’re always asking. We really couldn’t ask for better people up here.”
As part of tradition, the couple received a gift basket for having the first baby of the year at the hospital. The gift basket contained a stuffed animal, blanket and gift card for their new arrival.
Now all that’s left to do is get Violette home so she can meet her six grandparents and seven great-grandparents, Campbell said.
“With COVID and everything (the hospital) is only allowing one extra visitor,” she said. “It just seemed unfair to let one person come. So everyone kind of agreed to wait and meet her whenever we get home.”
The couple hopes to be home today.
“She’ll have all kind of lovins,” Curtsinger said. “She’s already spoiled.”