DANVILLE — Shawn and Kelly Evers received their best gift after Christmas. In fact, it was after New Year’s.
Their gift was Hendricks Regional Health’s first baby of 2011, which was birthed by mother, Anastasia Curtis.
Curtis, 19, from Pittsboro, decided to give the baby up for adoption to the Evers family.
”I think I made a really good choice,” she said.
Curtis gave birth to Trey Michael Evers at 9:48 a.m. Jan. 1.
”This is the best gift that we have ever received and will ever receive,” Shawn Evers said. “We are just in gratitude to Anastasia and her family. This is the best moment of our lives, so far.”
Kelly and Shawn decided to try to start a family two and a half years ago. After struggling with infertility issues, they beganthe adoption process in July.
”There really aren’t words to describe how we feel,” Kelly said. “It’s just beyond excited. We have waited for this moment for a long time.”
Curtis learned about the Everses from a friend who found them through a Christian adoption agency.
The Evers family is from Cedar Lake, which is about 45 minutes from Chicago, and will allow the relationship with the Curtis family to remain open for Trey Michael.
For Curtis, having the first baby of the year was an exciting experience.
”It was very exciting,” she said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen on 1/1/11, but when I found out that I was going to have my c-section, it was really cool ... Everything happened so fast.”
Trey Michael weighed eight pounds, six ounces and was 21 inches long.
”He is very healthy,” Margaret, Anastasia’s mother, said. “He had a 9.9 Apgar, which they don’t give 10s. He is a good baby. He only cries when you do the diaper change. Otherwise, he is just mellow.”
Hendricks Regional Health partnered with area businesses and organizations to provide the family with a complimentary gift basket filled with hundreds of dollars’worth of baby necessities and gifts for the parents, including stuffed animals, bibs, eating utensils, a growth chart, a $25 Walmart gift card, salon gift cards, a Bible, compact discs, a breast pump, books, receiving blankets, rubber toys, a thermometer, a Copper Grill gift card, a massage gift card, diapers, wipes, a sleep sack, a hat, a pacifier, a storage bin, a family photograph session and an 11x14-inch portrait, a newborn photo package, a diaper bag, a case of Enfamil formula, a baby journal, two cases of Similac formula, a $100 U.S. savings bond, a Texas Roadhouse gift card, a Target gift card, a backpack, and more.
Contributing to the gift pack were the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, State Farm Insurance, Walmart, Silver Shears Styling Salon, Harmony Baptist Church, Anderson Chiropractic, Hanke Photography, Cradle Memories, Citizens Bank, Abbott Nutritionals, Texas Roadhouse, Target, Goddard School, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Avon-Washington Township Public Library, Westside Physicians for Women, and Nestle Nutritionals.