A.R. Gould welcomes first baby of 2022
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The first baby born in 2022 at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle was delivered at 3:22 pm on January 2. Eloise Jordan Lothrop is the second child of Emilee Lothrop and Wes Holmes of Caribou.
Eloise weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 inches long. Her middle name honors Lothrop’s stepbrother, Jordan Plummer, who sadly passed away last year.
The parents are looking forward to bringing Eloise home to meet her big sister, Everlee, who is 2 years old.
“We have been facetiming with Everlee, so she has seen her little sister and knows she will be coming home soon. She is so excited, and I just can’t wait to introduce her to ‘Baby El,’ as we have been calling her,” Lothrop said.
Everlee has not been able to visit her baby sister in person yet due to visitor restrictions at the hospital related to COVID.
No visitors other than their birthing partner is one thing mothers delivering during COVID have had to adjust to, but like many other new mothers have found, Lothrop has actually found that rule to be a bit of a relief.
“When our first child was born, people stopped in all the time to congratulate us. While it was appreciated, it made things so much more hectic. I’ve actually found myself enjoying the quiet bonding time with Eloise,” she said.
Eloise was delivered by Janna Sirois, CNM, WHNP, from Northern Light OB/GYN. Nurses from the hospital’s Women & Children’s Unit who took care of mom and baby during the delivery were Gail Burtt, RN, Doris Churchill, RN, and Allison Plummer, RN.
“Janna was so awesome. She was very calm and relaxing, and she really listened to me on what I needed. The nurses have been really great too,” Lothrop said. “It was a really good birthing experience.”