Babies that don’t arrive on their due date can test the patience of any mother. But Adriana Vazquez Mariscal, who delivered the first baby of 2019 at Adventist Health Reedley, was overjoyed at the delay.
Her baby was due on Christmas Day, but Aaron Adrian Vazquez showed up at 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 1, turning her expected Christmas gift into a New Year’s celebration.
“This is better,” her 8-year-old daughter, Giselle, said. “Because now the baby will be famous!”
Adriana’s husband, Edgar, and their children, Giselle and 9-year-old Edgar Jr., were super excited to welcome the newest member of their family, each anxiously awaiting their turn to hold and cuddle the little boy.
Aaron Adrian weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces, measured 19.5 inches, and sported a full head of dark hair.
It’s not the first time the immediate family has welcomed a baby born on the first day of the year. Edgar’s brother, Ulysses, now 28, was also born on New Year’s Day in 1991, and Adriana loves the symmetry of their birth dates — 01-01-91 and 01-01-19. She thinks it will give the two a special bond.
“I only have the wish that he grows healthy and strong,” Adriana said. The family lives in Reedley.
Edgar said Aaron’s overdue arrival was against the norm compared to the new baby’s siblings. Both Edgar Jr. and Giselle were born premature.
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