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The city’s first baby of 2018 came not on Jan. 1, but Jan. 2. Lennuxe Hazel DeTurk, daughter of Jarod and Kaylinda DeTurk of Overton, was delivered via a scheduled caesarean section at 7:41 a.m. Tuesday at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

A few hours later, she was snuggling in her mother’s arms. A little gold ribbon circled her dark hair, and matching gold slippers kept her feet warm. The baby, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring nearly 21 inches long, is a little sister to brother Lawson, who turned 2 on Dec. 17.

A few hours after his sister was born, Lawson was lifted onto the bed to see his new sister. “He likes babies,” his mother said. “He kept saying, ‘baby.’”

“She looks like her brother did when he was born,” Jarod said. He is a crop consultant with his business, DeTurk Agronomics. Kaylinda is a consultant for Younique, a direct sales firm that sells make-up.

The DeTurks were surprised that Lennuxe was Kearney’s first baby of 2018. Kaylinda’s due date was Jan. 6, but the C-section was scheduled for the morning of Jan. 2. The obstetrician was Dr. Amie J. Jorgensen of Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology at 101 W. 24th St.

Grandparents of the new baby are Steve and Deanne DeTurk of Amherst and Cletus and Sherri Holmes of Minden. The infant’s middle name, Hazel, was the middle name of the great-grandmothers of each of her parents. Both great-grandmothers are deceased.

Lennuxe is among the nearly 600 babies that have been born at Kearney Regional since its maternity care center opened last Jan. 21, according to Dana Wright, the hospital’s marketing coordinator. Three more babies were born there Tuesday.

CHI Health Good Samaritan delivered its first baby of 2018 at 1:56 a.m. today. Isla Anne Hall, daughter of Nick and Sharayah Hall of Gibbon, was delivered by Dr. Gina Torpin. The baby weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and is 21½ inches long.

Kearney Hub Staff Writer