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Worthington hospital welcomes year's first birth

Lorie Breuer and Frans Conradie pose with their New Year's baby, Tatie Conradie, Friday at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington. Tatie was born at 3:05 a.m. Friday, the first local baby of 2009.

WORTHINGTON -- Tatie Conradie wasn't just the first local baby born in 2009.

As of Friday afternoon, he had the year all to himself.

Women's Center Head Nurse Mary Huls said at 3 p.m. Friday that no other babies had been born at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington in 2009.

Tatie was born at 3:05 a.m. Friday, weighing in at seven pounds, three ounces and measuring 19 inches.

He came a little bit earlier than expected for dad Frans Conradie, of Rustenburg, South Africa, and mom Lorie Breuer, of Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Breuer was due Jan. 5 -- but she's somewhat of an expert at childbirth. Tatie joins Breuer's other children, 7-year-old twins J.J. and Courtney, Willow, 9 and Zoë, 15.

"It was longer than I expected it would be. It was long enough," she said of her nine-hour delivery. Only her twins took longer.

The pregnancy was OK, said Breuer.

"No cravings, but I had side pains. He kicked me all the time," she said.

"She got beat up a lot," joked Conradie.

Because her youngest children are 7, preparing for Tatie's arrival meant a new round of shopping.

"We were busy getting baby stuff again. We don't have baby stuff anymore," Breuer said.

Breuer and Conradie both work at a pork company near Harris, Iowa.

Tatie is also welcomed by grandparents Mark and Verna Salzman, Ocheyedan, Iowa; grandmother Anita Conradie, South Africa and great-grandparents Roger and Ruth Bloes, Sibley, Iowa.

The overall number of births at Sanford seems to be down in 2008. Huls said numbers are not finalized but a little more than 400 babies were born there last year, lower than the 442 born in 2007.