First 2019 baby at Floyd County Medical Center is son of nurse

By Bob Steenson,

When Katie Hawbaker had a baby Tuesday, it happened among familiar surroundings.

Grayson Joseph Wegner came into the world at the place where his mom works — the Floyd County Medical Center.

Hawbaker, a nurse at the county hospital, and Grayson’s father, Tyler Wegner, welcomed their son at 5:51 a.m. on Jan. 8 — the first baby born at the medical center in the new year.

Grayson weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces at birth and was 19½ inches long. He is Hawbaker’s third child — all boys — and joins brothers Kai, age 3, and Kase, who will turn 2 in April.

Hawbaker and Wegner live in Janesville.

Grayson’s grandparents are Rob and Liz Wegner of Plainfield, Kathy Wegner and Dan Jenkins of Evansdale, and Brad and Renea Hawbaker of Nashua.

Great-grandparents are Jerry Meyer of Waterloo, Barb Wegner of Oelwein, Eric and Linda Hawbaker of Waukon, and Roy and Joan Wellman of Texas.

Hawbaker’s physicians were Dr. David Schroat and Dr. Angela VanGilder.

Hawbaker said it’s nice having her children at Floyd County Medical Center where she knows everyone and is familiar with the facility.

She said she usually works the night shift, and has helped out in the obstetrics department.