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It’s a girl: First baby of 2017 born on Jan. 2

By Bryan Richardson

Manhattan’s first baby of 2017 took a little while getting here.

Evelyn Fenske was born at 12:28 p.m. Monday at Via Christi Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Jake Fenske said his wife, Yue Fei, started having contractions “real early in the morning” on Saturday. That lasted from New Year’s Eve through Monday without her water breaking.

The couple went to the hospital around 6 a.m. Monday, where Fei had her water broken manually. Six hours later, Fei gave birth to Evelyn. The original due date was Jan. 10.

“She’s doing great,”Fenske said about his wife. “Still a little tired, but other than that, she’s doing great.”

Fenske said his mother first suggested the name Evelyn, and he and his wife came up with the nickname Evy.

“We really liked it, so we kept saying it over and over, and it stuck,” he said.

Fei and Fenske have been married for four months, and this is their first child.

They are both K-State students. Fei is a graduate student in interior architecture, and Fenske is a junior in construction science.

Fenske said it’s a little scary, but he’s happy to be a father.

“It’s feels great,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better or healthier child. She’s perfect.”

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