Ponoka’s 2020 New Year’s baby has arrived

Markus Harrison Zekveld was born at 4:35 a.m. on Jan. 4

Shanae and Levi Zekveld of Ponoka County are the proud parents of Ponoka’s newest baby of 2020.

Baby boy Markus Harrison Zekveld was born on Jan. 4 at 4:35 a.m. at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, weighing in at 6 lbs, 8.5 oz.

Everything went very quickly, with the newest addition to the family being born shortly after arriving at the hospital.

“There’s not much of a birth story,” said Shanae with a chuckle.

“It was all really short.”

Shanae estimates the whole process took about two hours, from the time she woke up and started tracking her contractions, which were steadily getting stronger, and her husband driving her to the hospital, to when Markus was born.

“It was just a super-quick entrance into the world.”

Shanae’s labour with her first, Tyce, who is now two years old, was a very different experience. She was induced and had a day-long labour.

Shanae says choosing a name this time was very difficult, and with so many interesting names floating around, the couple just wanted something simple, so they agreed on “Markus,” a name they both liked.

At a few days old, Markus is settling in just fine.

“He’s doing really well.”

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