By Loretta Gillespie
The Cullman Times
Heath and Mandi Lake had a quiet New Year’s Day planned. Heath was off work for the holiday. Their sons, Kiah, 5, and Bryn, 2, were still sleeping when Mandi felt a strange sensation about 6:30 a.m.
Mandi was pregnant with almost three weeks to go. When she felt what she guessed was her water breaking, she was surprised. “I had never been in labor before,” she explained. “I was induced with both boys, so I wasn’t sure what was happening.”
They called Mandi’s OB/GYN, Dr. John Wideman, who arranged to meet him at the hospital. “He joked that this might be the New Year’s baby,” Mandi recalled. She really didn’t think too much about it at the time, being somewhat preoccupied with other things just then.
The Lakes arrived at Cullman Regional Medical Center around 9:30 a.m. “The nurses didn’t know if I was in labor, so they ordered an ultrasound, but even then it was hard to say for sure, so another test was ordered,” said Mandi. “That one confirmed that I was in labor.”
By this time both sets of grandparents, Steve and Lisa Lake, and Bryan and Karen Woodard had arrived, along with other members of both families. The little boys were excited to see their new sister. “We already knew it would be a little girl,” smiled Mandi. “This would be the first granddaughter on my side of the family.”
Just a little after noon the nurses started prepping Mandi for surgery. She would be having a C-section, just as she had with her two previous deliveries.
Little Evie Jane Lake made her grand appearance at 2:01 p.m. Jan. 1, 2013. They didn't realize that she was already a celebrity, all they knew at that point was that she was healthy and perfect in every way. And amazingly beautiful, of course.
She weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. At around 5 p.m., Evie Jane Lake was officially pronounced Cullman County’s New Year’s Baby of 2013.
Her big brothers saw her first through the nursery room window. They were proud and excited to let everyone know about their new baby sister. “They have really been looking forward to holding her,” said Mandi.
There were 900 babies delivered at CRMC last year. If Evie hadn’t been so anxious to become the first one in 2013, she might have missed all the hoopla surrounding her birth. Maybe she already has a little of the diva in her, for she has certainly created a stir in the community, as well as making a name for herself among the annals of New Year’s birth announcements around the world. Her timing was perfect, that’s for sure.
Dr. John Wideman with Cullman Primary Care OB-GYN, PC, delivered Evie. The CRMC maternity and nursery services healthcare team provided pre- and post-care for the family.
A lovely gift basket was presented to the Lake family, along with numerous donations provided by local merchants including Sweet Beginnings Boutique, Monograms Plus, For Heaven’s Sake Photography, Cindy Boyles, Guardian Angel Gift Shop at CRMC and the CRMC Foundation Twinkle, Twinkle program, which purchases a star for the first baby born at CRMC each year.
A thoughtful group of ladies called the Knifty Knitters have been clicking their needles together to provide designer caps for each baby born at CRMC. Of course, the baby of the year, Evie Jane Lake, was presented with one of their unique creations.
Dr. Wideman has delivered other new year’s babies in the past. One year, while working at a Birmingham hospital, he even delivered the Christmas and new year’s babies. His last new year’s baby with CRMC was 1/1/01.