Summit County welcomes New Year’s baby
January 6, 2016
The birth of a child, especially a couple's first, is a one-of-a-kind event. But it instantly elevates to once-in-a-lifetime when it happens on New Year's Day.
Nick and Mindy Thein of Breckenridge welcomed a 6-pound, 14-ounce girl they named Stevie Lynn into the world on Friday, Jan. 1, at 6:19 p.m. Making it even more special, she was Summit County's only baby born at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco on the first day of 2016.
"It's one of the best ways to ring in a New Year," said Mindy. "We just felt like we were really blessed, and it's really amazing. Most people don't get to experience it, and I thought it was a really cool surprise."
The couple was out for an afternoon stroll with their dogs on New Year's Eve after some morning cross-country skiing as well as pre-labor acupuncture in town when her contractions started and became regular.
"People said, 'You're crazy,'" she said of the cross-country skiing at full term. "But I was trying to do whatever to get the baby moving and to stay active outside. We called the doctor when the contractions got pretty steady."
Although they were past due with an estimated delivery date of Dec. 29, the Theins expected to show up to the hospital and immediately be sent home but still brought the bag they had packed just in case. As luck would have it, while talking to the nurse, Mindy's water broke, and she was quickly checked into a room.
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"'You're not going anywhere,'" she recalled the medical staff telling her.
"It was a really good experience," Mindy said of giving birth at St. Anthony. "All the nurses were wonderful and really helpful and talked you through everything. We felt really comfortable and at peace and went with our birth plan. It was really nice."
Nick Thein is originally from Minnesota and a subcontractor for local builder Ty Cortright Construction, and Mindy (born Baswell) is from North Carolina and has owned Beloved Boutique on Main Street in Breckenridge since it opened in June 2013. Each has lived in Breckenridge for more than a decade, and they met here four years ago. The couple married at the Breckenridge Golf Club on Sept. 6, 2014 and was surrounded by family from both sides when they became first-time parents a little more than a year later.
"She's a really good baby," said the new mother, noting a fairly decent sleep schedule approaching a week into parenthood. "It's been good so far, which is a blessing for us. I know most moms don't get that."
The couple was planning for a low-key New Year's Eve — "We're not the going out, party-type of people," explained Mindy — just staying in at home relaxing. Instead, it turned into one of the most memorable experiences of the young family's lives.
"It was quite a different New Year's than I've had before," she added with a laugh. "It was an incredible New Year's Eve. I don't think I'll be able to top that one again."
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