Stettler’s new year baby, Brooks Ford Sutton was born on Friday, Jan. 6 just a few minutes after half-past-two, to parents Whitney and Carson Sutton, fourth grandchild to Debbie and Darren Sutton and second grandchild to Ron and Debbie Vanlanduyt.
The 3,430-gram baby – 7 lbs. and 9 oz. – arrived at 2:38 p.m. to ring in a whole new world of happiness for the Suttons.
“It felt like we had waited a long time for this baby, so the anticipation was huge,” said mother Whitney Sutton. “The last few days I was getting so many texts asking if the baby was on the way yet. We’ve a lot of love around us and all of our family and friends have been just as excited as we were for Brooks’ safe arrival.”
According to the Suttons, the preparation seemed pretty easy as they had lots of friends and family with babies.
“We have received lots of advice from all of them, besides a lot of hand-me-downs, which is awesome,” Sutton added.
Even though Stettler is not a major urban centre like Red Deer, the Suttons had full confidence in the medical system.
“Since our doctor was gone during the Christmas and New Year’s, we were prepared to deliver in Red Deer if Brooks would’ve come earlier,” explained Sutton. “But the care we’ve received throughout our pregnancy and labour and delivery was exceptional.”
Sutton said that her doctor, Dr. Bouwer, and all the nurses at the Heartland Medical Clinic and Stettler Hospital were amazing.
“They all show terrific patient care that is both professional and compassionate. During our pregnancy, Dr. Bouwer has gone above and beyond the role of being a general physician,” Sutton said. “As a community we are so lucky to have him as one of our doctors. All of his patients will reiterate that he is an amazing doctor. Even though we are a small hospital we’ve excellent care for pregnancy, labour and delivery.”
The now five-day old Brooks was born at 38 weeks, and although he came out two weeks prior to his scheduled date of arrival, a 38-week baby is considered a full-term baby.
“His growth has been consistently good throughout the pregnancy so we had no concern that he came a little early,” Sutton added.
Both Carson and Whitney Sutton believe that raising kids will always be riddled with various challenges, especially as they will be one of the many first generation high-tech parents.
“We know there will be all sorts of challenges, just as there are challenges with every aspect of life, but I don’t think we can plan for how to prepare as the world is constantly changing and unexpected things always happen,” explained the Suttons. “We will just take it as it comes and feel grateful for every day we get to be ‘mom and dad’ to Brooks, we’re looking forward to watching him grow.”