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Grundy County welcomes first baby of 2014

MORRIS – Grundy County’s first baby of 2014 was born in the early morning hours Thursday, but was without a name for most of the day.

His parents, Stephanie Harvey and Kyle Steele of Minooka, needed some time to decide. They were debating between Adrian and Wesley. The one name they knew for sure was his middle name, Keith, after Stephanie’s dad.

By the late afternoon they decided on Adrian.

“There was no reason, we just finally decided,” Stephanie said.

Adrian Harvey was born at 4:42 a.m. Thursday at Morris Hospital. The baby boy weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

The parents came into the hospital the evening of New Year’s Day because Stephanie was feeling pressure, but not quite contractions. One of the first things she asked hospital staff was whether the New Year baby had come yet.

“I asked, I said, ‘Did anyone have a baby yet?’ I was so excited, I was like, we’re going tonight,” Stephanie said.

The hospital staff didn’t necessarily agree with her though, she said, doubting that she was going to go into actual labor. But Adrian had other plans, apparently.

“But it all happened really fast overnight,” she said.

The couple has a 1-year-old daughter named Olivia and although they found out the sex of the baby when they were pregnant with her, they decided not to this time around.

Mom was pulling for a boy and dad for another girl.

“I was waiting the second it came out and said. ‘It’s a boy!’ ” Kyle said.

“I had a feeling all along because I wanted a boy,” Stephanie said.

The baby’s due date was not until Jan. 7. The family was hoping he would come early, but were not shooting for a New Year’s baby.

“I was hoping I would have it before January,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie is taking classes to be a respiratory therapist and school resumes Jan. 13, so her due date was cutting it close, she said.

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers and the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry team up annually to put together a package for Grundy County’s first baby.

This year, 13 local businesses and organizations contributed to the package of gifts that was given to the family Thursday.

“It is a way for our local businesses to get involved to welcome a new member of our community, and to get their [business] name out there,” said Sarah Peterson, events director for the chamber.

Baby Harvey received toys, a quilt, a pack and play, photo session, gift certificates among other items and services.

“We weren’t expecting that,” Kyle said. “We’re very grateful.”

Contributors to the welcome package for Grundy County’s first baby were:

• Grundy County Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers
• Child Care Resources & Referral
• Country Financial – Terri Gilmoure
• Dutch Girl Photography
• First Presbyterian Church of Morris Ladies’ Quilt Group and Outreach Committee
• Mack & Associates
• Meals on Wheels
• Grundy County Health Department
• Optimal Health & Wellness
• SIDS of Illinois
• Centrue Bank
• Grundy County Housing Authority
• Step-by-Step

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