GAINESVILLE - It's all smiles this first day of the new year in the mother and baby section at Northeast Georgia Medical Center this New Year's Wednesday morning with the arrival of Gainesville's first 2014 baby.
Little Jimena Magana, born at 3:50 a.m. lay cradled in her mother's arms and Mom Erika Valencia and Dad Oscar Magana of Oakwood could not be happier with their third child. The couple's two other children, 10 year old Tania and nine year old Francisco Javier, have not met their new sister yet, but it's expected they will very soon.
"We're very happy about the baby, "Magana said, beaming. "We feel pretty good."
With the new baby comes a pile of baby gifts from community donors including a car seat and diapers. Dad was thankful for everything, especially the diapers.
According to RN Shannon Charles little Jimena weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, was 20 inches long and Mom and her new daughter are doing fine.
"We're very happy, there were no problems," Charles observed. "I believe she was a little late, she was three days after her due date."
But that delay allowed Jimena to be Gainesville's first new arrival in Labor and Delivery. RN Meredith Ivey said four other babies were born New Year's morning and three more moms were in labor.
"We're expecting eight deliveries today," Ivey said. "It's definitely a great way to spend the New Year, welcoming all these new babies and getting to enjoy the excitement with the family. It's very rewarding."