Iowa Specialty Hospital is proud to announce the birth of the first baby of 2017. Reet Kaur, daughter of Harman and Mandeep Grover, was born on January 4, 2017 at 1:01 a.m. Reet weighed 7 pounds, 8.8 ounces and was 20 ¾ inches long. She has black hair and dark brown eyes.
The Grovers reside in Clarion and both work for Hagie Manufacturing. They are elated by the birth of their daughter, and her birth date seems to have a special significance also. Father Harman said, “We were married on April 14, 2014. Our daughter, Reet, was born on 1-4-2017 and the exact time was 1:01.4 a.m. We see the numbers 1 and 4 correlating on special events for our family.”
The parents have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child and the first grandchild for both sides of their families. Mother Mandeep said about her husband, “He found this really soft pink blanket when we were shopping. He said this is the best blanket, and he couldn’t wait to wrap Reet up in it to bring her home. I could see his fatherly instincts coming out and how protective he will be of her.”
Harman added, “Through the birth of our daughter, we can see the significance of God.” In the Sikhism religion, it is customary for all boys to have the middle or last name, Singh, which means lion or king, and for girls to have the middle or last name Kaur, which means princess. “It is also part of our religion,” explained Mandeep, “that a prayer is said over the child at the temple anywhere from 11 days to a month and a half after their birth.” Both parents further explained that during this ceremony the first letter of the prayer of dedication determines the first letter of the baby’s first name. However in America, babies must be named before they are allowed to leave the hospital, so the Grovers had the prayer done prior to the birth of their daughter. “It was nice to have this time to think about a name,” continued Harman. “It allowed us to choose a name that had an Indian meaning, but was also easily pronounced in the American culture. That’s how we chose Reet, which means pearl.” So when fully translated, Reet Kaur, means pearl princess.
Carlos Rodriguez, MD, OB/GYN, and Amanda Tew, DO, both participated in the birth of Reet. They had this to say about the first baby of the year. “Since I recently joined Iowa Specialty Hospital in 2016, it’s extra special for me to be a part of the birth of the first baby of the year. All babies are a blessing, and it’s always rewarding to share this experience with parents as the welcome a child into their family,” expressed Dr. Rodriguez. Dr. Amanda Tew added, “I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming many babies into this world. I never take this wonderful miracle for granted, and I’m happy to have been a part of this family’s experience with the birth of their first child.”
Casey Howell, OB Leader, also mentioned that she appreciates that the Grovers took the time to attend childbirth education classes prior to the birth of their daughter. “Not only is it important, but it’s a pleasure to prepare families on what can happen during the birth experience. In addition, we never tire of teaching parents how to care for baby during their stay with us after delivery. We want to make sure they have a good experience, that we send them home well prepared, and that they know we are here for them even after they are settled at home.”
Both the Grovers and Iowa Specialty Hospital would like to thank the following individuals and businesses who donated gifts for the first baby of 2017: Daisys on Main, Envy Salon, Fareway – Belmond, Fareway – Eagle Grove, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank, Fuel, The Hair Studio, Heather Smith/31 Consultant, Hearts and Flowers, Casey Howell Family, Imagine That, Knutzon’s Gifts, Lifetouch, Lyric Theatre, Main Street Style, SAM Photography, Sharon Geisinger, Shopko, Studio Portraits, Dr. Amanda Tew and Clinic Staff, Thrifty White, True Value, We Care Chiropractic, and Wright Choice Chiropractic.
Pictured: Parents, Harman and Mandeep Grover; Grandmother, Kawaljeet Kaur; and first baby of 2017, Reet Kaur.