McCartney John “Mac” Kanenwisher came in to the world at 3:17 p.m. on Jan. 1 and is the New Year’s Baby at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.
His proud parents, Spence and Alyssa Kanenwisher, waited to know the gender of their baby until he was born.
Delivery doctor James Zubernis said the delivery was perfect.
“It was a real family affair and they didn’t know what baby was until delivery,” he said. “I think it adds more meaning to the experience. I got to announce that it was a boy and everyone was happy. They were going to take whatever they got.”
The healthy bouncing baby boy weighed nine pounds, three ounces and measured in at 20 and a half inches.
On Wednesday, Baby Mac met older sister Quinn, 2, both delivered by Dr. Zubernis.
But not both on Jan. 1.
“I’ve done a few over the years,” Dr. Zubernis said. “I actually delivered the first baby of the year last year but the mom declined [publicity] so we gave that honor to someone else. This is probably my fourth or fifth over the years. It seems I’m always working New Year’s Day.”
Dr. Zubernis said he has delivered “somewhere north of 5,000” babies in his over 20-year career as an obstetrician. He is the chief of surgery at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
“This is the fun part – having healthy babies on New Year’s Day,” Zubernis said. “I’ve been doing this for a lot of years and I always feel like it is a real privilege for me to be part of the family when we bring a new life into the world.”
Proud father Spence Kanenwisher said he is thrilled to have the first baby of the New Year.
“I couldn’t help but think about my grandma because she was born on the same day and passed away several years ago,” he said. “She was born in 1920. Her name was Peg McEachern. She lived to be 94 and was awesome.”
“We loved her,” Alyssa Kanenwisher said. “She was the best.”
“This is a good way to start the New Year,” Spence Kanenwisher said. “We are thankful for all the presents from the staff. Babies go through a lot of diapers.”
Zubernis said everything at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is done as a team approach.
“It is not the days of the ‘Lone Ranger doctor’ anymore,” he said. “I can’t do my job without a lot of help. We have excellent nurses and a lot of behind-the-scenes staff — lab, nurses and doctors. It takes a village to deliver a baby or do anything. Team based health care is the way to go. This delivery was about as close to perfect as they come.”
Alyssa Kanenwisher said she was pleased with the care she received.
“It went really well,” she said. “I was more surprised of the size of the baby than the gender. When Quinn came in she could tell everyone was happy.”
Baby Mac received the sister stamp of approval.
Dr. Brett Heath is the family’s doctor and pediatrician.
“This is the cutest baby of the year,” he said. “He was vigorous from the get-go and ready to be born. They got one of each now so they’ve got the bases covered for an all-American family.”
Baby Mac, sporting a full head of dark hair that was styled as a fohawk, peacefully slept through most of the discharge interview in his dad’s arms.