This article was written by Caitlin Huston of the Pharos Tribune, who allowed us to re-publish it for our website here.
A Christmas baby became a New Years baby for a Twelve Mile family.
Remley Cathleen Mollenkopf was born 11:30 a.m Jan. 2 to parents Stephanie and Blake Mollenkopf. A Dec. 26 due date was set for Remley, but she was induced one week later.
As the family waited for Remley to be born, Stephanie said they were able to attend New Years celebrations and completely prepare the nursery for Remley. “We kept planning around it,” Stephanie said.
Then when Stephanie came in to the hospital at 6 a.m. Wednesday, she said they were told their daughter would likely be the New Years baby.“She was supposedly a Christmas baby, but she ended up being a New Years baby,” Stephanie said.
Remley was delivered by Dr. W. Bruce Murray and weighed in at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 inches long.
Blake said he and Stephanie decided on the name Remley after a suggestion from his sister.
“My sister said Remy and Remley developed out of that,” said Blake, adding that his children were already calling her Remy.
Stephanie teaches fourth grade at Fairview Elementary and Blake teaches second grade at Caston Elementary. Blake said there was a lot of excitement surrounding their daughter’s birth.
“The staff and students were all excited,” Blake said.
Sharing in the excitement were Remley’s three siblings — Kinzie, 7, Gavin, 5, and Logan, 3.
Cindy Scott, Remley’s grandmother, said when Kinzie learned their would be another girl in the family, she proudly told her grandmother she would finally be a sister. “Kinzie was so excited when she found out it was going to be a girl,” Scott said. This is the sixth grandchild for Scott and she said she was also happy to have another girl. “They’re all blessings,” Scott said.
Because Remley was the area’s New Years baby, the family received a wagon of gifts, which Laura Gallahan, nurse manager at the hospital, said are all donated. Stephanie she was surprised by the amount of gifts, comparing it to Christmas Day. “We didn’t realize there was this much coming,” Stephanie said.
Gallahan said Remley’s health is “just perfect” and she will be ready to go home today.
Once at home, Blake said they expect to have more family come over to welcome their new addition.
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.