QUINCY -- Two friends shared the same Jan. 1 due date as Paulla Meyer of West Point.
But she was the one to deliver Blessing Hospital's first baby of 2018.
Harlyne Dawn Turner was born at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday at the hospital's maternity center, Blessed Beginnings. Harlyne weighed 6 pounds and 12.7 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. She is the daughter of Meyer and James Michael Turner, also of West Point. Drs. Jessica Curry and Gina Dietrich of Blessing Physician Services delivered Harlyne.
"After I delivered, when I came into my room, there was confetti all over the floor," Meyer said. Also spread out throughout her room were various gift cards, balloons and gifts donated by more than 30 area businesses, organizations and individuals to celebrate Blessing's New Year baby.
"Seeing all of that was pretty cool," Meyer said.
Harlyne has a big sister, Jayma, 5, who can't wait to meet her. But because visitors need to be at least 16, Jayma has to wait.
"She was not happy when she had to go on the bus this morning to school and her daddy got to come visit," Meyer said. "She is so excited to meet her new sister."
Businesses and organizations that donated gifts to the family are Arby's, Blessed Beginnings, Blessing Volunteers in Partnership, County Market, Culver's, Daylight Donuts, Denman Medical Equipment & Supply, Expressions by Christine, Hampton Inn, HyVee, Jimmy John's, Krazy Cakes, Kirlin's, LaGondola, Lullaby Moon, Maya Mexican, Mercantile Bank, MJ Burton, Panera, Papa Murphy's, Pizza Hut, Quincy Mall, Scottie's Fun Spot, Sturhahn Jewelers, Tangerine Bowl, TCBY, Thyme Square, Top to Bottom, Underbrink's Bakery, Wellman Florist, Zoup and the family of Blessing's 2017 New Year's baby.