Trena Dalbec spent New Year’s Eve at home, wondering and waiting to see if her baby would arrive on his due date: Jan. 1.
Instead, he kept her hanging on until Monday, Jan. 3. But as soon as the contractions set in, he made it clear he was in a big hurry to make his entrance into the world.
“I went in to the hospital at 6 p.m. and I had him by 8:17 p.m.,” said Dalbec, of Waupaca, from her hospital room at Riverside Medical Center (RMC), as she and Kole Joshua prepared to go home last week.
Because labor hit fast and hard, Trena said there was no time for an epidural and she gave birth naturally, with the help of her doctor and OB nurse.
In exchange for the pain, she received her New Year’s gift: a healthy baby boy, weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 21.5 inches long.
Kole Joshua Dalbec was the first baby of 2011 born at RMC. Trena, her husband Joshua Dalbec, and big brother Kanyen, 5, were excited to start 2011 as a newly expanded family.
“She did an amazing job,” said Dr. Kelly Pucillo, of ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca, who delivered Kole. “It was a beautiful delivery.”
Pucillo, who cared for Trena throughout her pregnancy, said she now looks forward to caring for Kole, too.
“It is very special to get to know families before delivery, be able to help with the birth and then follow the baby in the years to come,” Pucillo said.