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Le Mars couple's daughter claims fame as New Year's baby

Friday, January 8, 2010

(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) Margaret Spies of Merrill has plenty of stories to tell about her life, from homesteading in the Colorado prairie to teaching country school. She turns 100 years old Jan. 14, 2010.
Madalyn Kerkmann became a local celebrity Wednesday.

She was the first baby born in 2010 at Floyd Valley Hospital.

Almost 24-hours old Thursday afternoon, Madalyn was content to lie quietly sucking her pacifier in mom Megan's arms while dad, Casey, sat close.

Casey said, after just one day, his 6-pound, 8-ounce, 19-inch-long baby girl was "already using up her 15 minutes of fame."

The Daily Sentinel featured Madalyn's birth, it was announced on a local radio station and he saw mention of her birth on a news sheet at a local restaurant, Casey said.

"People were emailing from work saying they heard it on the radio," he said. "Everybody was listening to the radio because of the storm."

The wintery weather wasn't a concern for the couple when it came to Madalyn's birth even though Casey was born at home "accidentally."

"We were definitely going to make it here," Megan said. "We were not having this baby at home."

Madalyn Ruth, who gets her middle name from her maternal grandma, was originally due today (Friday).

Casey and Megan didn't know until her appointment Tuesday, when her doctor decided to induce labor the next day, their baby could be the first born in the new year.

Neither did the couple know they were having a daughter until Madalyn was born.

"We both kinda thought it was a girl," Casey said. "It was just a feeling."

He said the couple will have to do a lot of returning boy items, which they seemed to have ended up with more of than girl's, when they get home.

Madalyn, who was born at 7:06 p.m. Wednesday, was a nice surprise.

"She was loud when she first came out," Megan said. "She wanted to let everybody know she was here."

Hardly taking eyes off her new daughter, Megan said Madalyn's birth went "pretty easy" and her first day as being a mother was even better.

"So far it's been pretty amazing," Megan said.

Looking at his little girl, Casey grinned in silent agreement.

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Congratulations, Megan & Casey!!! Nice article on your new family. You may not have gotten a deduction for '09, but you did get that "15 minutes of fame" for being 'first' in 2010! Can't wait to see little Madalyn! Stay home where it's warm and enjoy this precious time!

-- Posted by cherryf on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 10:43 AM

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