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The new year’s late arrival

Jimena Magana joins the world to celebrate 2014

POSTED: January 2, 2014 12:13 a.m.

Jimena Magana is the first baby of the new year at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, arriving at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday to mother Erika Licea Valencia and father Oscar Magana of Oakwood.

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While most people brought in the new year at the stroke of midnight, little Jimena Magana already knows to always arrive fashionably late for a party.

The girl is the first baby born in 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, arriving in the world at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, and coming as a shock for her dazed parents who had both expected her to arrive in December.

“They said from the 25th through the 28th,” the father, Oscar Magana, said. “So we never expected this. She’s a few days late.”

Jimena weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

“She’s perfect,” Magana said, smiling down at his daughter as he cradled her Wednesday morning.

But mother Erika Licea Valencia wasn’t thinking about having the first baby of the year when she was admitted to the hospital around 2 a.m. — she could only think of one thing.

“The pain!” she said with a laugh. “I was thinking about the pain.

“I’m very happy,” she added. “I wasn’t expecting to have the baby today.”

The two will be discharged either today or Friday, and will return to their Oakwood home where Jimena will meet her sister Tania, 10, and brother Francisco Javier, 9.

“I don’t know what I’ll do when I get home,” Licea Valencia said.

One of the things she will do is go through the baby supplies and gifts provided by local businesses and organizations through the hospital’s New Year’s Baby promotion, including a $500 savings bond from the Medical Center Auxiliary and The Window Shop in the hospital. Jimena also received a nursing pillow, a couple of gift baskets stuffed with baby supplies, a car seat and other gifts.

The second and third babies of 2014 — twins, a boy and a girl — were delivered around three hours after Jimena, according to registered nurse Meredith Ivey in the Mother/Baby unit. She said a total of eight “or more!” babies were expected to be delivered on New Year’s Day.


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