At 4:14 a.m. yesterday, Rush Foundation Hospital welcomed Lauderdale County’s newest citizen.
“I’m just happy. I’m just so happy,” said Marietta Dancy, who gave birth to Korryn Roby, the county’s first baby born in 2017. She came in weighing 5 pounds and 2 ounces and measuring 18 inches long.
“I’m ecstatic and waiting to get her home so I can spoil her a little bit,” said Wanda Dancy, the grandmother.
Marietta Dancy, a resident of De Kalb, said labor went rather quickly.
“The pain started around 1:45. They started getting closer and closer together. Around 2:35 I told my mom it’s time to go. Let’s go to the hospital.”
“She started yesterday. I wanted to bring her in yesterday; she said no we’re going to wait. I was sleep when she woke me up,” said Wanda Dancy.
“On the way to the hospital I was having contraction after contraction. They got to four minutes apart. I said momma I don’t know if we’re going to make it,” said Marietta Dancy.
Luckily, the two made it to the hospital just in time.
“Everything just started happening so fast. They started taking blood, putting the IVs in. As soon as I stepped out of my clothes my water broke,” said Marietta Dancy.
She explained that she was overcome with emotion after hearing her newborn cry for the first time.
“I cried. I cried and cried. The whole time you’re just hoping your baby is ok. You’re just hoping everything goes ok. When you hear that first cry it means everything to you.”
Little Korryn joins her big sister Kyleigh, who’s just 11 months old. The Dancys have high hopes for their first baby of the year.
“She started out as one-of-a-kind, let her be one-of-a-kind to achieve whatever there is to achieve,” said Wanda Dancy.
Rush Foundation Hospital presented the mother and newborn with a first-baby-of-the-year gift basket containing blankets, nightgowns, teddy bears, and more.