Shock and concern began to set in when Kieran Andrews realized she locked her keys in the car at 4 a.m. Jan. 1.
Kieran was in labor, getting ready to have a baby girl.
“What are we going to do now?” father Landon Andrews said he thought.
Landon said it was a chilly morning so Kieran went to start the car as he got things ready for the hospital when she locked the keys in the car.
After calling a locksmith, the Andrews were on their way and made it to the Claremore Indian Hospital at 6 a.m.
Landon dropped Kieran off at the front, but had to wait in his car.
“I couldn’t go in due to COVID,” he said, referring to hospital entrance protocols.
Landon said COVID made things difficult as he had to wait several hours, have a rapid test done and get negative results before he could enter.
“That was a big stressor for us because we didn’t even know if I was going to be able to go in,” he said. “We were so glad to get both our negative tests.”
Landon said they were shocked to hear that no one else had a baby yet that day.
Which started another race — to have the first baby of 2021.
“We’re just kind of competitive and we thought we could be the first ones,” he said. “It’s just a blessing to have her and say she was the first one there.”
At 9 pounds, 7.5 ounces and 21 inches long, Pally Marian Andrews was born at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Claremore Indian Hospital – making her the CIH’s first baby of 2021.
She is named after her late great grandparents, Pally Eaton (paternal) and Marian Clark (maternal).
“They were both such an important part of our lives,” Landon said. “We had such good relationships with them and we know that they would be so tickled and so proud to know that they have a little great granddaughter named after them.”
Landon said they found out the gender early.
“It was tough because with COVID I didn’t get to go to many of the appointments,” he said.
The Andrews had the ultrasound tech write the gender on the back of the sonogram and they opened it together.
“We were definitely rooting for a girl so we were excited to get that news,” he said. “We’re just so excited.”
Landon said they wanted a girl so they could name her after their grandparents.
“We just wanted to be able to honor them in that way,” he said.
Landon described meeting her as surreal.
“We didn’t believe she was a girl until she got here,” he said. “For some reason, we always thought we’d have boys. It’s just so nice for her to finally get here and for us to meet her. It’s just such a blessing.”
The Andrews' son, Felix Roger, was also born at the Claremore Indian Hospital 18 months ago.
“We were so thankful for the Indian hospital,” he said.
Landon said each birth went smoothly and they wanted to thank the entire staff at the Women’s Clinic and the Labor and Delivery wing, with very special thanks to Sam McGee, Shasta Blake, Lucinda Sparks, and Casey Harrison.
“Pally also has a loving great grandmother, Martha “GeGe” Andrews of Claremore, who now has over 20 grandchildren and great grandchildren,” Andrew said. “Pally’s grandparents and go-to baby sitters are Bill and Jana Andrews of Claremore.”