Photo by Johnny Jackson
Newborn Zorah Nakia Jenkins, shown with her parents, Kadreka (center) and Nakia Jenkins, arrived four days earlier than expected on Jan. 1.
By Johnny Jackson
Two days before she gave birth to Henry Medical Center's first baby of 2011, Kadreka Jenkins, of Jonesboro, filled up on a meal of steak and potatoes.
The 29-year-old acknowledged that she craved hearty, protein-rich meals throughout her pregnancy, making a routine of having an early dinner at Popeye's, on those days she had doctor's appointments.
"I want to go home so bad [to my own bed]," said Kadreka Jenkins.
The mother gave birth Saturday evening to Zorah Nakia Jenkins, a 19-inch-long, seven-pound, 15-ounce baby girl, who was born, Jan. 1, at 7:36 p.m.
"I wanted a daughter," said the baby's father, Nakia Jenkins.
The 35-year-old father noted that his daughter arrived about four days earlier than the original due date of Jan. 5. He said his wife had a difficult labor, and went through a challenging birth process with her first Cesarean section.
His wife of five years said doctors induced labor the morning of New Year's Eve, and her baby girl was born about 36 hours later. The mother said her youngest son, 2-year-old Katreyl Jenkins, was born after only about 14 hours of labor.
Zorah's other siblings are Dee Jenkins, 15, and Kaiya Tucker, 12, both from previous relationships of Nakia Jenkins, who said he wants the best for them all. "I just want them to live a happy, prosperous life," he said.
He said he and his wife are on their way to the dream of having a happy life with each other, raising a family that was recently complemented by daughter, Zorah.
Kadreka Jenkins is an employee of Wells Fargo, and Nakia Jenkins is a self-employed wood- and solid-surface fabricator. The couple said they have had an 11-year relationship, free of conflict. "Everyone looks up to us, because of our marriage," said Nakia Jenkins. "It's scary because --"
"It's perfect," interjected Kadreka Jenkins.
"I feel good, very excited for them," added Kadreka Jenkins' mother, Carol Williams, of Jonesboro. The grandmother's advice to her daughter and son-in-law: "Take care of them, and be strong."