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St. Joseph’s welcomes first baby of 2010

POLSON — Benny’s mom craved French silk pie and banana cream pie when she was pregnant. So, Benny might like cream pie, too, when he gets old enough to eat pie.

Benny’s full name is Benjamin Louis Reed, and he was the first baby of the year at St. Joseph Medical Center. 

Benny was born at 8:55 a.m. on Jan. 4. His parents are Susan Day and Terry Reed. Weighing in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, Benny was born by scheduled caesarean section and was delivered by Dr. Kelly Bagnell.  

Benny’s middle name came from Day’s father, whose name is Louis Day. Susan said she was drawn to boy’s names starting with "B." 

Day and Reed are a Missoula couple. They got to know Dr. Bagnell though Reed’s father, who used to practice in Polson. They decided to go ahead and have their baby in Polson since they had been treated so well by Dr. Bagnell and the staff at St. Joe’s.

“I feel like I’m important to them (the staff),” Day said.

Agreeing with Day that they’ve been treated like royalty, Reed said, “sometimes a community doesn’t realize how well trained their health care providers are.”

The staff at St. Joseph’s is just exceptional, from Judy at the front desk to nurses Ginny, Brooke and Stephanie, the couple agreed. Reed said they don’t come to Polson just because they like to drive.

Day and Reed have another child, a daughter named Lucy, who is two years and nine months old. Day said Lucy “seems really quite pleased so far” with Benny. Lucy met her baby brother for the first time on Monday afternoon.

Hopefully, Benny and Lucy will spend many afternoons together, playing, reading books, napping and maybe tussling a bit.

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