By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Looking more like a Valentine baby than the the first baby of the new year at Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) in Imperial, little Rylan RuthAnn Elaine Wicklund posed for pictures last Friday, two days after she was born.
Proud parents Douglas and Shaielynn Wicklund of Benkelman dressed the newborn in a red tulle dress and tights, with a red bow on a band around her tiny head.
Rylan was born Jan. 28 at 5:20 p.m. after a 20-minute delivery, her mom said. She weighed 6.4 pounds and was 19 inches long.
Sister Breanna Nicole Lynn Birks, 9, lives in Belle, Mo.
Grandparents are Kenneth Wicklund of Belle, Mo., Ruth A. Foley of Moberly, Mo., Leon Greathouse of Brush, Colo., and Jacqueline Tiefert of Benkelman.
Dr. Jonathan Richman was the attending doctor.
The following businesses have donated items to the New Year’s Baby at CCCH:
Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts—gift; 509 Broadway—diaper bag; Farm Credit Services of America—shirts for parents and baby; Imperial Republican—one year subscription; Pinnacle Bank—Visa debit card; Frenchman Valley Coop—gift card; Holiday Farms—gift certificate; The Beverage Barn—gift certificate; Super Foods—diapers, wipes, Desitin, thermometer and medicine dispenser; Adams Lumber Co.—Sentry Hardware bank; Imperial NAPA—thermal mug, Walgren’s—gift certificate; Exceptional Prints by Champa Group—gift certificate; Imperial Community Center—gift certificate; Imperial Beef—gift certificate for beef; Home Décor—monetary gift; McNair Agency—Chamber Bucks; Trustpoint Insurance— gift certificate for groceries; Hospital Auxiliary—teddy bear; Shari’s—teddy bear; Prior’s New Generation Fabrics LLC—gift; Hill’s Family Foods—gift certificate; Imperial Country Ford—outfit; Owens True Value Hardware—gift card; Platinum T-Shirt & Embroidery—Longhorn onesie; M & M’s Natural Jaz—gift certificate; First Bank & Trust Co.—Chamber Bucks; 21st Century Equipment—bibs, pacifiers and stuffed tractor; Imperial Yost Farm Supply—tractor pillow set; Titan Machinery—combine tractor set; Pivot Electric—monetary gift; Chase County Community Hospital—one free day of nursery care, spoon, onesie and gift.