Sioux Center Community Hospital building

Article written by Steve Hoogland and was published in the Sioux Center News on January 7, 2009

New Year's Baby arrives four minutes into year

Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center welcomed its New Year's Baby just four minutes after the new year began on Thursday, January 1, as Addison Caray Helwig was born to parents Nathan and Shiloh of Sioux Center. Addison was born on January 1, at 12:04 a.m.

Nathan and Shiloh said that they were surprised by Addison's arrival.

"I wasn't due until January 12 so we were pretty surprised," Shiloh said.

Addison was 19 inches long and weighed seven pounds and two ounces. Addison is welcomed home by three siblings, EllySue, 7; Lacey, 6; and Skyler, 4.

Grandparents of Addison are Bob and LeAnn Helwig of Sioux Center and Steve Allen Drake of Las Vegas. Gene Helwig of Sioux Center is Addison's great-grandfather.

Her birth was part of a busy couple days at the Sioux Center hospital. Two babies were born on December 31 and then one more was born after Addison on January 1.

Addision also is the Sioux County New Year's Baby as neither the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley nor the Orange City Health System had January 1 babies in 2009.

In nine of the past 10 years, the Sioux Center hospital has welcomed its New Year's Baby on January 1, January 2, or January 4. The longest wait came in 2008 when the New Year's Baby wasn't born until January 8.

Previous New Year's Babies at Sioux Center hospital -

  • 2008 - Rowan Oostra of Sioux Center on January 8 at 6:19 a.m.
  • 2007 - Jonah Soodsma of Rock Valley on January 4 at 6:43 p.m.
  • 2006 - Mia Nohava of Hawarden on January 2 at 2:20 p.m.
  • 2005 - Lilia Lopez of Ireton on January 4 at 4:55 p.m.
  • 2004 - Teagan De Jager of Hull on January 2 at 6:23 p.m.
  • 2003 - Ethan Reekers of Hull on January 1 at 11:12 a.m.
  • 2002 - Jessica Nibbelink of Sioux Center on January 1 at 10:28 a.m.
  • 2001 - Alissa Maxwell of Granville on January 2 at 7:13 a.m.
  • 2000 - Jay Smit of Doon on January 1 at 1:19 a.m.
  • 1999 - Jacob Vander Tuin of Doon on January 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Olivia, Brandon are popular local names in 2008

The Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center welcomed a total of 199 babies, including 86 boys and 113 girls during the 2008 calendar year that ended last Wednesday night. That total at the Sioux Center hospital is an increase from the 178 babies born during 2007.

The most popular girls' names in 2008 locally were Olivia and then variations of Zoey or Zoe, Annika or Anneka and Addison, Adyson and Adison. The most popular boys' names in 2008 were Brandon, Jacob or Jacoby, or Jax, Jaxson or Jackson.

According to, a popular parenting website, the most popular names for babies nationally in 2008 were Isabella, Ava and Emily for girls while Aiden, Jayden and Jacob were the most popular boys' names.

For both boys and girls at the Sioux Center hospital, names stretched from "A to Z" with names for both boys' and girls' names that started with the letters "A" and "Z." Girls' names started with 20 of the 26 letters, missing only F, Q, U, W, X and Y. Boys' names also represented 20 of the 26 letters in the alphabet, missing only Q, S, U, V, X and Y.

Names beginning with the letter "A" were particularly popular for female babies at the Sioux Center hospital. A total of 27 girl babies received a name beginning with the letter A. Several of the most popular girl names begin with A, including Abby or Abbigail; Anneka or Annika; and Adison, Addison or Adyson. Other popular names were Zoe or Zoey and Olivia. All five of those names were selected three times each.

For boys the most popular beginning letter is the letter "J" which was listed 16 times. Jacob or slight variation Jacoby was listed three times. Jackson, Jaxson or Jax was also a popular boys' pick, by being named three times. reported that traditional names, such as George, William, Jennifer and Kimberly, seem to be on the rise. However, trendy names are also catching on.

In Sioux Center, some of the traditional names listed among the 2008 births were: Lydia, Marie, Grace, Maggie for girls and Edward, Benjamin, William and Isaac for boys.

Some of the names represented locations such as Cheyenne, Tahoe and America.

For the Sioux Center hospital, the jump from 178 in 2007 to 199 in 2008 represented a 10-percent increase.

"It's good to see these numbers on the rise," said Nancy Renes, Sioux Center hospital's director of patient care services. "We've been doing some updating in our OB department and have been working to see these numbers increase."

That 2008 total was still below the 228 babies born during 2006 and 210 in 2004.

The most popular baby names in Sioux Center for 2007 were Austin and Aidan, with a couple different spellings, for boys and Alexis, with a couple different spellings, for girls. Addison came in second for girls in 2007.

Here is a look at multiple name listings for the Sioux Center hospital in 2008.

  • Multiple girls names for 2008: Olivia - 3; Addison, Adyson, Addyson - 3; Abbigail, Abby - 3; Zoe or Zoey - 3; Anneka or Annika - 3; Averi or Avery - 2; Ava - 2; Emma - 2; Eva - 2; Grace - 2; Kierra - 2; Lydia - 2; Maggie - 2; Samantha - 2; Taylor; 2.
  • Multiple boys' names for 2008; Brandon - 3; Jacob or Jacoby - 3; Jackson, Jaxson or Jax - 3; Brody - 2; Hunter - 2; Isaac - 2.