Everest Reutov was the first baby born at South Peninsula Hospital in 2017. Born Wednesday, January 4, at 8:15am to Kcenia and David Reutov of Homer, Everest was born a healthy seven pounds 10 ounces and 20 inches long. Their due date wasn’t until much later in January, so this was a happy surprise for the couple to have the honor of first-baby of the year. Although he is the first baby born at the hospital this year, Everest is certainly not the first child in the family, nor the first one born at the start of a new year. One of seven children in the Reutov family, Everest is one of five born at South Peninsula Hospital and his sister was born January 1, 2005, in Kodiak. She was not officially the first baby of the year there, however, as that honor went to another baby, born just one hour earlier.
Everest’s name was chosen by his siblings out of three options selected by his parents. They had narrowed it down to Yoseph, Everest or Zenon. The name Everest was chosen by unanimous decision by the siblings. In addition to naming the new baby, another family activity is fishing, and Everest joins a long line of fishermen in the Reutov family. His father, David, is fourth generation fishermen, and he hopes Everest will make it five.
Many people in the community already know Kcenia by the fresh baked breads she makes and sells under the business name Country Kitchen at the Homer Farmer’s Market. Folks will be able to meet Everest in person this summer in his mother’s arms or on her back at the market.
The family was showered with gifts from generous local businesses, including:
North Wind Decorative Wall Decals
Homer Bookstore Gift Certificate
Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware Gift Card
Two Sisters Bakery Gift Card for 8” cake
Old Inlet Bookshop Gift Certificate
Sprout Family Services Gift Bag
Paul Banks Elementary Gift
Movie Theatre 2- movie passes and refreshments
SPH Auxiliary Diaper Cake
Mary Wallis Baby Blanket / Burp Rag Set
Best Western Bidarka Inn One night stay in the hot tub room
The “Other Book Club” 2 wrapped gifts and box of chocolates
South Peninsula Hospital Birthing Center averages 130 births per year. While most births there are attended by certified nurse midwives, a full team of obstetrics nurses and OB/GYN and general practice physicians support the birthing experience as needed. For more information about the services or a tour of the birthing center, call 235-0240.