Ponoka parents Felicity Docken and Edward-J Gervais welcomed their third baby, Octavia Madison Jade Gervais, into the world Jan. 3 in Rimbey. Docken and Gervais’ baby was the first one born in Rimbey for 2018. Photo by Treena Mielke

Ponoka and Rimbey get first babies of 2018

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The story of Ponoka and Rimbey’s newest babies of 2018 is one for the memory books.

On Jan. 3 the newest residents were both born, one in Rimbey and one in Ponoka. What makes this story interesting is that it was a Rimbey baby born in Ponoka and a Ponoka baby born in Rimbey.

At the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, Rimbey residents Konrad and Katie von Tiesenhausen saw their first-born son come into the world healthy at 2:45 p.m., weighing in at eight pounds 13.5 ounces.

Named Odin Faelan von Tiesenhausen, the parents couldn’t have been more happy, more so for Katie who said Odin was due Dec. 24.

Because of the lateness in his due date, doctors induced Katie in the morning of Jan. 2.

“There were a lot of contractions,” said Katie of that first day. “But they just died out.”

To give her a break, Katie took a shower later on Tuesday where she was able to get a little bit of a sleep before giving it another try the next day.

Konrad said once they broke the water, things started to move quickly. “It was a while and he is a big baby,” he said proudly.

“He looked just like Dan Aykroyd when he came out,” Konrad joked.

But the true feeling both parents had when Odin was born? “Wonderful.”

Katie, who couldn’t take her eyes off her newborn son, was also excited as it was tough to make any plans during that last part of December.

The parents expected to be able to return home Jan. 5.

Earlier that morning of Jan. 3 at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Octavia Madison Jade Gervais, came into this world at 7:03 a.m.

The six pound, eight ounce baby girl, the daughter of Ponoka residents Felicity Docken and Edward-J Gervais, arrived two weeks ahead of schedule.

The dark haired newborn wrapped in a pink blanket, looked delightfully tiny and sweet on Thursday as she slept peacefully in her mother’s arms.

Her early arrival did, however, cause her parents some duress.

“It was very fast,” said Docken. We hardly had time to get out the door.”

Gervais said he made the trip to Rimbey in record time and is grateful the roads were in fairly good winter driving condition.

However, even though her dad was speeding along the highway as fast as he dared, Octavia wasn’t sure she wanted to wait until her mom was safely established in a hospital room before she made her appearance.

The baby was only minutes away from being born when the couple pulled up to the Rimbey Hospital. By this time the labour pains were intense and the baby’s head was crowning.

“He had to carry me inside,” Docken recounted with a smile.

Once he had the mom safely deposited at the hospital, the expectant father went to park the car. By the time he returned, his daughter had already been born.

The couple, who have two boys at home, five-year-old Noah and two-year-old Alakay are excited to have a daughter to complete their family.


New parents Konrad and Katie von Tiesenhausen were proud to welcome their son Odin Faelan von Tiesenhausen into the world on Jan. 3. He was born a healthy eight pounds 13.5 ounces and was the first baby of 2018 in Ponoka. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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