St. Vincent welcomes first baby of the new year

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — It was a long night for many people staying up late to ring in the new year, but an especially long night for one new mother and the staff at St. Vincent as they welcomed the newest Tri-Stater into the world.

“I was so happy to see her, I was the first one to hold her,” said Allison’s father Christian Bump. Allison Lutz made history with her first breath, the first at St. Vincent in at least 3 years according to hospital officials. Her family says she’s the first girl born on both sides of their family in 20 years.

“We’re all kind of anxious to see if we were going to get the first baby,” said Allison’s nurse Elizabeth Tatum.

Allison Lutz was the first baby born in the Evansville-Newburgh area in 2020.

Allison was born at 10:17 a.m. with a whole head of hair, weighing in at only 4 pounds, 15.7 ounces to parents Christian Bump and Jessilyn Lutz. Despite her weight and three week early arrival, her family and nurses say she is a very healthy baby.

“I was kind of happy it was a C-section more than actual labor because it takes long. It’s crazy it really is, it’s exciting. I mean it’s weird, I’m not used to it, first kid. I’m just happy,” said Bump.

“It’s definitely really sweet whenever I take care of a little girl since I’m going to be having a little girl and I bonded with the family over that,” said Tatum. “This baby was three weeks early so it’s sweet whenever you get to bond with their new one and you cant to share the same connection and ask questions like How’d your labor go? How do you feel?”

Allison’s father Christian Bump holds her while she sleeps.

Allison’s parents live in Mount Carmel, Illinois but say they wanted to make the drive to have their baby here.

“My brother and my sister just had their babies about 2 years ago, 1 year apart and they told me it was a great crew and the staff would treat us just like we’re family. They love it here,” said Bump.

Now, Christian says he can breathe a sigh of relief and is looking forward to the joys of being a new father while mom catches up on some much needed rest. He says the family hopes to head home this Saturday.

Allison’s father says she was given pink pajamas with her name on them, but she is too small to fit in them.

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(This story was originally published on January 1, 2020)

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