Stork stops first in Lake City
LAKE CITY -- When Stephanie Harvey arrived at Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City on Jan. 2, she was a little disappointed to see that the hospital room next to hers was empty.
The rural Lake City resident was hoping she wouldn't be the first local woman to have a baby in 2013, mainly because she was having a scheduled C-section.
"That's kind of like cheating," Stephanie said.
If she hadn't "cheated," there's no telling how long it would have been before a newborn's cries were heard in area hospitals. As of Friday afternoon, there were no other babies born in either Lake City or Red Wing.
"That room is still quiet so we would have been waiting a while," Stephanie said Friday.
Having been in the hospital since Wednesday morning, Stephanie got to return to her home on Friday afternoon. And coming home with her was the newest addition to the Harvey family -- Lacey Evelyn.
The baby girl was born at 2:04 p.m. Jan. 2. She weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces, making her smaller than both of her siblings when they were born.
David and Stephanie Harvey are now the proud parents of three children: Lacey joins 3 ½-year-old Linnea and 20-month-old Levi at home.
While Levi doesn't quite understand how to act around his younger sister, the parents said, Linnea has been showing her excitement about the baby since she first found out her mom was pregnant.
"She told everybody there was a pink present in my tummy," Stephanie explained. "She was convinced it was a girl."
Of course, Stephanie and David later informed their oldest daughter that she'd need to share her bedroom if her newest sibling was a girl.
"So for a while she said it was going to be a boy," Stephanie said.
Although the parents opted not to find out the sex of their baby early, Stephanie said she expected it to be a boy because her pregnancy felt a lot like it did when she was having her son.
With little Lacey rounding out a family of five, Stephanie and David said they plan to be done having children -- and they seem to have ended on a high note.
"She's pretty mellow," David said of Lacey. "She kind of just chills out."
Adding a newborn to a house that's already buzzing with two youngsters might become a little hectic in the days to come, but the Harveys aren't worried.
"You kind of know what to expect this time," David said.