Irby Krisnow – all seven pounds, six ounces of his tiny body – is upholding a three-generation family tradition.
Little Irby Wayne Krisnow is the third male in the family lineage to be born on June 16.
The 2-day-old also is the third in his family to be born at Lexington Medical Center after big sister Olivia, 2, and mother Sara Rentz Krisnow, 29. And his great-grandfather was the hospital’s first chief executive officer when Lexington County’s population was 90,000.
The 20-inch baby’s paternal grandfather, Dennis Wayne Krisnow, was born on the same date 59 years ago in 1957. His father, Seth Wayne Krisnow, was born June 16, 1983.
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Coincidence? “I call it God’s fingerprint,” Seth Krisnow, 33, said of his first son.
Mom, with a due date of June 19, gave the Lord a little help to keep the generational string going. She told her delivery doctor she wanted her son to arrive on the date that had special meaning to the family.
“I tried to hold out as long as I could,” Sara Krisnow said Friday from her hospital bed. “This past week, I just sat on the coach and waited for June 16th.”
Irby was born by C-section at 7:40 a.m. Thursday – the right day.
“God’s blessing just made it happen,” mom said.
“He’s very calm, very relaxed,” dad Seth said. “And healthy,” mom added.
Sara Krisnow’s great-grandfather, George Irby Rentz Jr., 91 1/2 , was there Friday along with his wife, Mary Ann Rentz, 80, as Irby cooed and yawned. George Rentz said he was named the hospital’s CEO in 1971 when life in the area was less suburban.
Sara’s family is in the restaurant business. They own the Lizard’s Thicket chain, where she is in public relations. Her job allowed her to bring home the foods she craved during her pregnancy – mac and cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy and, her favorite, carrot cake.
One of the positives of their son being born on June 16 is that it’s just days before the official start of summer.
“My birthday party was always the kickoff to summer,” Seth Krisnow said of his youth in Richmond, Va. “There was always a pool around. It was always a great time.
“And, of course, I’m used to sharing my birthday. Tack on another exciting event.”
The couple met in Columbia after he took a job with Spirit Communications eight years ago.
“I asked him to be my date to my best friend’s wedding,” Sara said. She broke her foot and told Seth he did not have to keep the date. “He said, ‘No, I promise we’ll still be the first people on the dance floor.’ ”
George Irby Rentz, a joker, said he’s tickled his great-grandson has his name. “It’s the second thing that’s been named after me.” The first thing? “My neighbor’s dog. He died.”
Seth said Sara makes it a point year-in and year-out to make his birthday special. “She’s always found a way ... to give me a unique gift. This is probably the best.”
“I don’t think I can top this one,” she said.
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