Superior couple proud parents of first baby born in Duluth in 2010Seven-pound, six-ounce Ebony Annaliese Lundquist became the first baby born in Duluth in 2010.
By: By Andy Greder, Duluth News Tribune , Superior Telegram
Gloria and Joshua Lundquist tried and tried and tried again to welcome their baby girl into this world in 2009.
On three separate occasions on three straight days this week, the young couple traveled from their Superior home to St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth with the belief that Gloria was ready to give birth.
Each time it was a false alarm; the couple’s first baby wouldn’t budge.
But five days after her due date, the seven-pound, six-ounce Ebony Annaliese Lundquist became the first baby born in Duluth in 2010. She arrived at 10:55 a.m. Friday morning after a 12-hour labor at St. Mary’s Birth Center.
“It was surreal,” said the 24-year-old new father as he held his quiet baby. “We had been waiting for it for nine months, and then when we got to where she was going to push, it was like, ‘Is this really happening?’”
The Lundquists said they thought the fourth trip to the hospital would end up like the previous three. They thought they would be given medicine and sent back home, again.
“It was frustrating,” Gloria said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen ever. … I was really excited when they said they were going to keep me and not send me home.”
The Lundquists, who were married in May 2008, plan to have more children once they move into the new home they’re building. But during the labor, Joshua quoted Gloria as saying, “I’m never doing it again.”
“I’m sure that will change,” Gloria later added with a smile.
Gloria said she was awestruck when she first saw little Ebony Annaliese.
“I thought she was beautiful, and I couldn’t believe that she was mine,” Gloria said.
The new mother said she chose the name Ebony just because she liked it, and she picked Annaliese because it means “devoted to God.”
The family of three will enjoy two more milestones in the next few days. On Sunday they will probably bring Ebony Annaliese to her new home, and on Monday, Gloria celebrates her 21st birthday.
“It’s still sinking in that you have your own child,” Joshua said. “It’s yours and now you have to take care of it and raise it. It’s a big responsibility, but I’m excited for it.”
St. Mary’s delivered 1,502 babies in 2009, down from their assumed record high of 1,612 in 2008. St. Luke’s hospital had 1,024 births in 2009. Its first of 2010 came about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Reports from St. Luke’s said it was a healthy 7-pound, 7-ounce boy named Elliam Archambeau.