New Year’s baby wrapped in crocheted gifts from volunteer

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) The New Year brings new beginnings, and for one family, a new little life.

WDBJ7’s Caitlin Francis spoke with the Kaur family, and met the newest addition; the first baby born at LewisGale Salem this year.

“This is Ruhani Kaur. She came into this world on January, 2nd 2019. Very unexpectedly,” said Alamdeep Kaur.

Kaur gave birth to the first baby born at LewisGale Salem this year, but her day started out pretty normally.

“It was just a regular day at work for me. I went to work, and I had an appointment with my O.B. at 11, and she checked me and I was having some slight issues, and she checked me and said ‘today’s the day!’”

Her daughter was born around 6 p.m. that evening at just over 7 lbs., two weeks before her due date.

And they were surprised with another gift to mark the occasion.

“I made 22 gift sets for the ones born Christmas Eve and Christmas day,” said Martha Fainter. “And I made two gift sets, one for the first girl born in the New Year, and one for the first boy born in New Year.”

Fainter, a cancer survivor, crochets hats all year for other cancer patients. For the first time she crocheted a cap, blanket, and sweater for babies.

“And I’ve already started on next year’s supply,” Fainter said.

The Kaur’s, who also have an 11-year-old son, say they hope their daughter will cherish the gift from Fainter for years to come.

“It gives her another special thing. She’s special by herself, she came to this world after 11 years, but now with this, it’s extra special.”

Congratulations and welcome Ruhani!