Vermilion couple Thea Warriner and Chris Parchewsky were ready to check out of the Lloydminster Hospital on Tuesday after the delivery of their son Lincoln Joshua Parchewsky who was the first local baby born in the new year at 1:58 a.m on Jan. 1 at the Lloydminster Hospital.
Chris Parchewsky was likely expecting a buzzer to go off when his partner Thea Warriner gave birth to the first local baby of the new year at the Lloydminster Hospital.
The first time dad is already referring to his son as a hockey baby with great timing being born ahead of two other babies at the hospital on New Year’s Day.
Baby Lincoln Joshua Parchewsky was born at 1:58 a.m. on Jan. 1 scoring his parents a gift basket from the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation that goes to the first born of the year.
“We wanted to hold in there until midnight to get that hockey baby,” said Chris with a like father, like son expectation revealing that he plays hockey on a beer league team.
“There was another couple right on our heels and they ended up having one 90 minutes after us —we won; it was a competition between the nurses.”
Thea agreed they timed the birth of their new son perfectly.
“He was 7 pounds 7 ounces and 19 inches long,” she said noting Chis was at her side to celebrate the birth.
“We had a great delivery; we had a great doctor and awesome nurses, so it was perfect.”
The couple lives in Vermilion and rushed to the hospital on New Year’s Eve where they rang in the new year with Thea in the delivery room.
She knew ahead of time she was having a son.
“It was a little different than expected—we got to celebrate, then we had him shortly after,” said Thea.
Chris said he will never forget this New Year’s Day as long as he lives with plans to celebrate Lincoln’s first birthday a year from now already in the works.
“It will be a big party next year for him and they’ll just get bigger after that,” he said.
The birth of Lincoln was also exciting for the maternity ward staff who presented the traditional basket of goodies to the couple.
“We don’t usually see two or three babies a day sometimes, so it’s always exciting to know if we’re going to have one on New Year’s or not,” said Tami Kappel, a registered nurse.
“There was actually two other babies born on New Year’s later in the day, so it was a busy weekend for everyone.”
The arrival of Lincoln is the fourth child for Thea who has a 19 year old daughter, and two sons, 17 and 12 from a previous marriage.
Thea works as an agriculture lender for Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) while Chris owns Pentacon Energy Services Inc., an oilfield company specializing in steamers, hydro vacs, water trucks and vac trucks.
Needless to say neither of them went to work on Tuesday when they spoke to the Source.
Thea said she talked with co-workers on Tuesday from the hospital just before she and Chris headed home telling them she wouldn’t be back “probably until next year” as she put it.
“We had lots of well wishes from everyone we talked to,” she said.
Aside from being interviewed by the Source Thea said, “Our biggest interviews were from our families; I think they wanted to know all the details.
“They were all excited to come and see him yesterday too.”
Thea said they planned to head home at noon after nurses do a couple of routine blood tests on baby Lincoln.
“He’s healthy and happy,” said Thea.
“They said he looks great; he’s been a good baby so far.”
As for how they chose the name Lincoln Joshua, Thea explained, “We had it narrowed it down to a few names, so we finally decided on that one; it was kind of a last minute decision.
“Joshua is a friend of Chris’ from high school and it’s a very special name for him to include.”
She added Lincoln’s grandpa’s name is Lawrence and his nickname is LP, calling the baby the littlest LP.