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He's No. 1: Dean Myron Kolpin is first baby of 2019 at Sanford Worthington Medical Center

New parents Alaina and Quinn Kolpin, Worthington, lovingly cradle son Dean Myron Kolpin. Dean was the first baby born at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in 2019. (Jane Turpin Moore / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON —  Worthington welcomed Dean Myron Kolpin to the world at 9:16 a.m. Jan. 2, making him the first baby born in 2019 at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

Weighing in at a hearty nine pounds, six ounces, and measuring 21.5 inches, Dean was safely delivered via Caesarean section to the loving arms of his parents, Alaina and Quinn Kolpin, Worthington, with the expert assistance of Dr. Benjamin Gaines, an OB/GYN with Avera Medical Group.

Coincidentally, Dean’s father, Quinn, weighed the identical amount when he arrived on the scene 30 years ago.

“My mom was pretty excited to hear that,” said Quinn, the son of Robin and Kandy Kolpin of Spirit Lake, Iowa. “She thought that was really special.”

Maternal grandparents Perry and Carol Cranston of Heron Lake were similarly thrilled at the news of Dean’s birth, especially considering he is their first grandchild as well as the first local New Year’s baby.

“Alaina wanted to have him a month ago,” joked Perry, whose own middle name — Dean — was combined with Quinn’s grandfather’s name — Myron — to arrive at the baby’s meaningful moniker.

Dean’s due date was Dec. 29. On Dec. 20, his parents learned from a growth scan that his estimated weight (in excess of nine pounds) would necessitate a C-section for their firstborn.

“We thought maybe we’d have a Christmas baby, partly because Quinn’s dad was born on Dec. 25, but we hadn’t really considered he’d be a New Year’s kid,” said Alaina.

With a C-section then scheduled for Jan. 2, the couple, who will celebrate their third wedding anniversary next June, settled in to enjoy the holidays with family and finish readying their new home for baby Dean.

“Last year on New Year’s Eve, we crashed a wedding party at the Worthington Event Center,” laughed Alaina, explaining they’d had a verbal invitation to the affair.

“This year on New Year’s Eve, we went to bed early — maybe around 9:30 p.m. — and I was tired enough that I could have gone to sleep by 7 p.m.”

But at 11 p.m. Jan. 1, Dean made it clear his parents’ best-laid plans may be henceforward thrown into question.

“My water broke, and I started going into labor,” shared Alaina.

The Kolpins arrived at the hospital in the middle of the night, and Dean’s previously scheduled C-section was moved up a few hours.

“Everyone was really helpful,” said Alaina, complimenting the hospital staff and Dr. Gaines. “It was nice to deliver him right here in town and not have to travel to Sioux Falls.

“We’ve had a really good experience.”

That experience was made even better by Dean’s designation as the first baby of 2019; both Sanford and Avera provided the Kolpins with gift baskets, featuring baby-specific items like diapers, toys, onesies and books.

“It’s really cool that this happened, but we didn’t expect him to be the first one,” said Alaina, whose pregnancy was smooth and “textbook” other than for Dean’s slightly larger than average weight.

“He went right past the newborn sizing and will wear 0-3-month clothes from the start,” said Alaina. “And he’s strong; he can lift up his head a little already.”

Quinn, an employee of the City of Worthington’s street department, will spend a week at home with Alaina and Dean as the family grows accustomed to being a trio.

Alaina, a registered assistant at Mike Woll Investment Office, is anticipating at least a six-week maternity leave, with plenty of hands-on support from her parents and in-laws. Dean’s maternal great-grandparents are Merlyn and Maxine Cranston of Worthington.

“We’re very happy,” said Perry Cranston about his first grandson. “I’ve got a new fishing buddy.”  

And Dean’s grandma, Carol Cranston, crafted a beautiful quilt that symbolizes the love and warmth with which the Kolpin and Cranston families are already surrounding this lucky baby.

The imperatives “Be brave; be courageous; be strong, seek adventure,” are printed on one side of the quilt, which will be a welcome addition to Dean’s “woodland critters-themed” nursery, according to his parents.

“I’m definitely excited to be a father,” said Quinn. “I just want to do everything with him.”

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