LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer and his wife, Lisa, welcomed their daughter — and years to come of sleepless nights — earlier this month.
Quinn Addison Ritenauer was born Feb. 4, weighing in at a light 5 pounds, 1.5 ounces and 18 inches long.
The couple adopted her, announcing the news Thanksgiving Day via Twitter. In a note Lisa Ritenauer wrote, she explained how the couple had struggled with infertility for the past two years before moving forward with adoption. They brought Quinn home Thursday.
“As anyone welcoming a child in during pregnancy or labor, there’s a lot of stress — you hope and pray the baby’s going to be healthy, there’s no complications or issues, but the process has been definitely stressful,” Ritenauer said. “What I released on Thanksgiving, same thing. This has been several years that we’ve been wanting to have a family, planning to do so, and not really knowing when it was going to happen or if it was going to happen. The way this all occurred, I think it happened this way for some reason that I’ll never know but now that it has happened, we’re both very, very happy about it.”
Ritenauer said they picked “Quinn” because the name just fit her. But her middle name has a bit more history — and contentions surrounding it. Ritenauer is a Chicago Cubs fan, and Addison is the Red Line stop on Chicago’s “L” Train across from Wrigley Field. Ritenauer said he was originally pushing for Addison as a first name, but had to settle for second.
Between feedings every three hours to get her weight up, to diaper changes and midnight fussy spells, Ritenauer said he was continuing to work and plans to be back in the swing of things Wednesday and at next week’s Council meeting.
“The work doesn’t stop,” he said. “When she sleeps, I try to work. The city doesn’t really stop even though we had a seismic life event.”
He said Quinn’s first appearance in chambers will probably wait until she’s a little bigger and the weather is a little warmer.
“Lisa and I are really happy, it’s just a great occasion, he said. “Anybody who welcomes a new baby into the family knows it’s a joyous time and we’re just trying to enjoy it, take it day by day. Everybody says that it goes so fast and blink they’re in college or getting married or whatever … just in a week the changes are so noticable. I’m looking at pictures from last week just to today and it’s unbelievable. A whole different outlook on life and all for the better.”