Celebrating their new baby, and Ponoka’s first baby of 2019, are the Hoekstras. In the picture are parents Jent and Michelle with older daughter Zoë and their newest addition, Cassidy Sita Hoekstra. She was born Jan. 4 at 11:10 p.m. and was a healthy 7 lbs, 3 ounces. Photo courtesy of the Hoekstra family

Ponoka’s first baby of 2019 born Jan. 4

The Hoekstra family welcomed their second daughter into the family healthy and well

Well, it took a couple days but Ponoka got its first baby of 2019.

Parents Michelle and Jent Hoekstra welcomed their second child, Cassidy, into the world on Jan. 4 at 11:10 p.m. Born weighing 3,270 grams (7 lbs, 3 ounces) and 49 centimetres long. Cassidy was ready to see the world, explained her mother.

It was during supper time that Michelle didn’t feel so good, that’s when she realized she was in labour. She was due Jan. 5.

“It happened very quickly,” she explained. “I was determined to stay home as long as I could.”

So, they made the call to the parents who were ready to babysit Michelle and Jent’s older daughter Zoë.

Michelle and Jent left the house some time after 10 p.m. and by the time they checked in to the hospital, she already had two contractions. “I was only there for a matter of 20 minutes and baby Cassidy had her eyes out,” said Michelle.

Cassidy is healthy and well with the family already back home and getting into a routine.

The family did not know the gender of their baby, which added to the surprise.

“I really thought it was going to be a boy so I was shocked,” she said.

Jent is quite pleased with the new addition. “He said he’s surrounded by three beautiful girls,” explained Michelle.

Cassidy is the 7th grandchild for both grandparents Maryann and Ken Novotney, and Sita and Doeke Hoekstra.

Michelle added her thanks to Doctor Moore and the nurses at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre for their care.

As for Zoë, Michelle says she’s excited too. “She likes being a big helper and she was really excited when we told her the baby was here.”


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Cassidy Sita Hoekstra is Ponoka’s first baby of 2019, born Jan. 4 at 11:10pm, 7 lbs, 3 ounces and 49 centimetres in length. Photo courtesy of the Hoekstra family

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