Holden Stakes Claim to Honor

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The first baby born at Benewah Community Hospital each new year receives a plethora of gifts from the staff.

When Melissa Rettstatt’s doctor told her about the tradition, she jokingly said, “Well, I’ll see you on the first then.”

Little did she know she would actually be going into labor that same day.

Josh and Melissa Rettstatt are the parents of Holden Ridge, who was the first baby born at Benewah Community Hospital this year (2015). The couple received several gifts that were purchased by the hospital staff.

Josh and Melissa Rettstatt are the parents of Holden Ridge, who was the first baby born at Benewah Community Hospital this year (2015). The couple received several gifts that were purchased by the hospital staff.

Mrs. Rettstatt gave birth to her son, Holden Ridge, at 8:26 p.m. Jan. 1, 2015. Holden was originally due on Jan. 9. Mrs. Rettstatt’s husband, Josh, said had his son arrived later he may not have been the first baby of 2015 as they knew another baby was also due to arrive soon.

Holden weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces when he was born and measured 20.5 inches long. He is the youngest of eight children.

Mr. Rettstatt said he and his wife waited until Holden was born to find out the gender.

“We both had a feeling it was a boy though,” he said.

It was the first time the couple would have trouble agreeing on a name.

“It took us forever,” Mr. Rettstatt said.

Mr. and Mrs. Rettstatt knew they would be receiving gifts, but they both said they had no idea that they would be given so much.

“It was a lot,” Mrs. Rettstatt said.

“If you were a new mom, and you hadn’t bought anything, you wouldn’t have to,” Mr. Rettstatt said.

The couple received bottles, blankets, baby wipes, diapers, clothing, baby monitor, a playpen, toys and more.

“The staff was wonderful,” Mrs. Rettstatt said. “And they were so excited to give us the gifts and so excited to see us receive them. Everyone at the hospital was just fantastic. We are just so appreciative to everyone at the hospital.”

Mrs. Rettstatt said giving birth at Benewah Community Hospital was one of her best experiences to date. She and her husband also thanked the local businesses and organizations who contributed to the gifts they received.

Mr. Rettstatt drives truck for Jack Buell Trucking and Mrs. Rettstatt works for the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office.

Holden joins siblings Tatum, 12, Kobe, 11, Gracie, 10, Emily, 9, Brodie, 8, Joel, 6 and Landry, 2.

Paternal grandparents are Phil and Teresa Rettstatt of Athol. Maternal grandparents are Jay and Cheri Currier of Tekoa, Wash.

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