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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Pekin Hospital welcomes 2013 birth

  • Kristy Chance has been pondering the idea of being a mom again for the past several months and now it is a reality.

    Chance has two daughters, Jordyn Chance, 16, and Hunter Jones, 14. Zaidyn Allen, Chance’s first son, was born at 8:25 a.m. Jan. 1 at Pekin Hospital after about seven hours of labor.
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  • Kristy Chance has been pondering the idea of being a mom again for the past several months and now it is a reality.
    Chance has two daughters, Jordyn Chance, 16, and Hunter Jones, 14. Zaidyn Allen, Chance’s first son, was born at 8:25 a.m. Jan. 1 at Pekin Hospital after about seven hours of labor.
    Chance’s doctor performed a cesarean section because of the size of the baby, who weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long even though the baby came three weeks early. Chance had gestational diabetes during the pregnancy.
    Zaidyn’s oldest sister is happy.
    “I’m excited,” said Jordyn. “I just haven’t been able to hold him yet.”
    Zaidyn is hooked up to monitors and an IV and only Chance is allowed to hold him.
    Zaidyn is spending all of his time in the nursery because of some health issues. He has fluid in his lungs from the birth.
    Mom said she is “still kind of in shock.”
    “I don’t really know everything,” said Chance. “When I had the others I used to lay them on their stomach — that was the big thing back then.”
    Experts began recommending against laying newborns on their stomachs a few years before Chance had her daughters.
    “Now they say lay them on their back,” she said. “They used to say use bumper pads and now they say don’t do that. You can’t have a crib that the side goes down on. It’s scary being 36 and starting all over with a new baby.”
    Chance’s mother, Joan Look, said she didn’t mind being a grandmother again, but she did wonder why her daughter had another child.
    “I asked her why,” said Look. “She had her freedom and everything. The girls were almost grown.
    “After the initial shock wore off it was fine.”
    On a brighter note, Chance said there is a good point to being a parent when older.
    “I’m a little older now — a little more patient than I was when I was younger and had the girls. People say a boy is easier, too. I was used to going to the store and buying fluffy pink stuff.”
    Follow Sharon Woods Harris on Twitter at twitter.com/sharrispekin

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