New Haven woman welcomes child on New Year's Day

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Alexandra Lashley first baby born at HMH in 2013

By Marty Finley

One New Haven family welcomed an unexpected bundle to the world just 38 minutes after the confetti fell and party blowers sounded, signaling the entrance of 2013.

Catrina Lashley gave birth to Alexandra Nicole Lashley, her second child, two weeks before her due date at 12:38 a.m. Tuesday. The early delivery marked Alexandra as the first child born at Hardin Memorial Hospital in the new year.

Alexandra checked in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces and 17-and-a-half inches long, according to Michelle Murphy, director of marketing and public relations.

“She just wanted to be a New Year baby,” Murphy said of Alexandra.

The new mother held her sleeping daughter in her arms with family nearby Tuesday afternoon. Her 14-month-old daughter, Trinity, was awash in exuberance with the arrival of a new sibling. Trinity served as a one-person welcoming committee for guests and shouted with glee once she climbed on her mother’s lap and gently caressed her baby sister.

Catrina, who described her pregnancy as smooth with no complications, said she was thankful for her newly expanded family and was not suffering negative effects from labor.

“I feel pretty good,” she said. “I love being a mother.”

Catrina named Trinity after herself but said Alexandra’s name came from her father, who was unavailable for an interview.

She said she was looking forward to starting her routine with a new baby in tow and would take each day “one step at a time” as she worked to regain her normal patterns.

“I can’t wait to go home,” she said.

Catrina will have more to juggle in her home life with a busy schedule that includes work and school. Catrina works as a customer service representative and takes college classes at Brown Mackie College in Louisville, where she is focusing on a career in health care with an emphasis on medical assistance and phlebotomy, among other interests.

Despite the hectic schedule, Catrina said she is committed to finishing school and promised she would not abandon her dreams when she became pregnant. She said the help of her parents has quelled some of the stress.

“I guaranteed I was going to finish,” she said. “I wasn’t going to quit.”

Nurses and officials at HMH were impressed with the commitment exhibited by Catrina, who worked up until the day of the birth.

Catrina said her motivated mindset is fueled by her ability to discern the benefits of the accomplishments and what it will mean for her family in the future.

“I know that in the end it’s going to pay off for me and my children,” she said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.