Deysi Rivas Olivas arrived at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville a couple days before New Year’s with contractions, but her baby wasn’t ready for the world quite yet.
“She didn’t progress,” nurse Darlene Frascione said.
Little Isaac Ruiz finally met his parents at 12:27 a.m. on New Year’s Day, becoming Hall County’s first baby of 2017. He is 6 pounds and 14 ounces, and he is 20 inches long.
Everybody is healthy and doing well.
“We’re doing great,” said the baby’s father, Ricardo Ruiz, on Sunday morning. “We were surprised. We didn’t know about the (prizes for the) first born.”
“He was very shocked,” Frascione said, chuckling. “I told him this morning.”
“It’s nice to receive all of them,” Ruiz said.
Gifts include child car seats, a gift certificate for a photo session, a $200 Target gift certificate, books, baby blanket, booties, baby washcloths and a certificate for baby shoes from Saul’s store in downtown Gainesville, according to the hospital.
“All the extra attention is something we’re not used to,” Ruiz said. “It’s nice having all these gifts for the baby.”
“I’m really happy about it — and blessed,” said Isaac’s mother, resting in her hospital bed.
Isaac will join a growing brood, as he has two brothers and one sister.
Family was expected to arrive at the hospital later in the day.
“My kids came … and saw their brother (earlier),” Ruiz said.
As of Sunday night, the new year’s first baby hadn’t been born yet at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.
The 10-unit obstetrics unit opened Sept 12 at the South Hall hospital, which opened in the spring of 2015.