Clark Regional, family celebrate first baby born in new year

Published 12:36 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Casey and Colton Thornsburg, of Nicholas County, celebrated the start of 2017 in a very special way.

The couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl born Jan. 2 at Clark Regional Medical Center.

Caidance Marrie Thornsburg was born at 1:52 a.m. Monday. Weighing seven pounds and three ounces and measuring 19-1/4 inches long, Caidance was the first baby born in the new year at CRMC.

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Casey, 26, said she began laboring around 8 p.m. Jan. 1 and the couple made the 45-minute drive to Winchester for delivery. Caidance’s due date was Jan. 9, but her mother said she anticipated she would arrive early.

“I had a feeling all day that I might start labor,” she said. “But, we didn’t anticipate she would be the first baby of the new year.”

The Thornsburgs chose CRMC because Casey was looking for a female OB/GYN who could provide prenatal care and deliver. She found that in Dr. Andrea Tucker of Women’s Health of Winchester at the Clark Clinic at CRMC.

Tucker wasn’t on call the night Caidance was born, so she was delivered by Dr. Aaron Ferda, also of Women’s Health of Winchester.

Casey said she is feeling “pretty good” after her quick and normal labor experience.

“We’re anxious to get her home,” she said.

And dad said he’s a little nervous having a newborn.

“It’s kind of like I’m not sure what to do exactly yet,” he said.

Caidence was greeted Tuesday with a care package from the CRMC auxiliary, along with a surprise gift.

Paul Glesge of Morehead, owner of Pony Express, built a rocking horse for the first baby of the new year, which he presented to the Thornsburgs.

Glesge has been donating his rocking horses to new year’s babies for 12 years. He started delivering the horses at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.

This is the second horse he was donated at CRMC.

“I just started doing this on the spur of the moment,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, though. I enjoy seeing peoples’ faces when they see the horse.

“I was taught when I was young to help people and I’ve done that here in Kentucky.”

Glesge said he has been building the rocking horses for 30 years and has sold or given them to people all over the country and as far as Dijon, France.

Caidance’s horse was built last month, and Glesge said it can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

“It can go through to this little one’s grandchildren,” he said.

The Thornsburgs said they expect to go home today.

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0049.

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