Tonganoxie mother surprised to be First Baby contest winner
Lisa Smart was expecting that her baby would be born on her due date — even beyond the date.
Her first two children, Kendall, 6, and Ryder, 2, were on time or overdue.
Kendall weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces.
Ryder weighed 9 pounds, 13.7 ounces.
At 1:08 a.m. Jan. 8, Kennedy Marie Smart weighed in at 9 pounds, 14 ounces.
“They just got a little bit bigger every time,” said Lisa Smart.
But she didn’t arrive on or after her due date.
Kennedy came about a week early. She’s also this year’s Mirror First Baby of the New Year contest winner.
“I knew she was going to be a big baby,” Smart said. “I didn’t think she’d be the new year’s baby. I was hopeful.”
Lisa and her husband, Curtis, will receive gifts from various Tonganoxie businesses thanks to Kennedy being the first local baby born in the new year.
Curtis said that he’s now wrapped around the fingers of three girls.
“That’s two weddings,” Curtis joked, noting the down-the-road expenses for his two daughters.
Kendall said she was glad to have a little sister.
“I think she’s cute,” Kendall said.
Ryder, intently playing a handheld video game, had no comment about the younger sibling.
Lisa said the family is excited about the newest addition. She’ll also be ecstatic when Kennedy’s sleep schedule becomes a little more normal.
“She eats a lot during the night right now, so I’ve been up quite a bit right now,” Lisa said.
Lisa is a stay-at-home mother, while Curtis is a line foreman for Capital Electric.
Maternal grandparents are Wayne Pratt, Nashville, Texas, and Debbie Pratt, Tonganoxie; paternal grandparents are Micky Reeder, Rowlett, Texas, and Jim Davis, Clinton, Mo.
Maternal great-grandparents are Mike and Eleanor Vestal, Tonganoxie; paternal great-grandparents are Marilyn and Dwayne Davis, Clinton, Mo.
“We’re excited. We’re just happy that she’s here and healthy."