JOLIET – On New Year’s Day, Porscha Sellers of Joliet learned she was never too old to need her mother.
“I was at home in bed asleep and my mom called around 11:30 a.m. to see if I was still having contractions. I woke up and was wet and realized my water had broken in my sleep,” Sellers said. “I would have had my baby at home if my mom didn’t call me about my contractions.”
Just six hours later, Dr. Frank Tomasik delivered King Leon Hall to Sellers’ and father Michael Hall at 6:28 p.m. and was declared the first baby of 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
At the time of birth, King weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 inches long, the same measurements as Sellers second child at birth.
However, Sellers was not the only one saved by her mother when it came to going into labor. Sellers’ mother, Linda Sorrelles, had a similar incident when in labor with her children.
“What’s crazy is that I would have had one of my kids at home if my mama didn’t call me. I didn’t know I was having contractions because I had all C-sections before, I didn’t know what a contraction felt like,” Sorrelles said.
King, who was originally due to arrive Jan. 24, tried once already to make an appearance in 2016, when Sellers went into labor on Dec. 9, which landed her a two-day hospital stay and medications to slow the process. Sellers said the contractions never did completely stop, but decreased long enough to give him more time.
Sellers, who works as a dental assistant, went right back to work once out of the hospital, with some office work mixed in to lighten the load.
King will join two older brothers at home, Antwon White, 11, and Antonio Sellers, 2. White said he already helps his mom with his 2-year-old brother when he changes diapers, makes bottles, puts him to sleep and plays.
White said it will fun to have another brother, but added, “I hope he does not cry a lot.”
Sellers said the hospital staff told her she was in the running for the first baby of 2017, but she was concerned when the patient next to her received her epidural first.
“There was one other person here before me, but I have my babies fast,” Sellers said. “I kept asking if anybody had their baby first.”
King received gifts of a piggy bank, teddy bear, keepsake items, candy cigars and booties – all donated by the hospital.
Sellers said she hopes King turns out to be the best person he can be and to always reach for the stars.
First baby at Morris Hospital
Hailey Transou of Dwight welcomed her first child, CaroleLynn Marie at 4:01 a.m. Jan. 1, which made CaroleLynn Marie the first baby of 2017 at Morris Hospital.
Charge nurse Summer Promise said Dr. Leticia Setrini-Best delivered the baby in the family birthing suites at the hospital. CaroleLynn, who was originally due to be born Jan. 10, weighed 5 pounds. 10 ounces and was 18 inches long, her grandmother Jennifer Standley said.
Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox had no information at press time.