New Year baby: Alcoa family welcomes Blount’s first baby of 2013
From Blount Memorial Hospital
Blount Memorial Hospital saw the arrival of its New Year baby — the first baby born there — on Wednesday.
Karen Dailín Neri Y Cruz was born to mother Gisela Cruz Perez and father Cipriano Neri Ávila of Alcoa at 6:49 a.m. on Wednesday, more than 30 hours after the arrival of the new year.
She was 6 pounds, 10.3 ounces and 18½ inches long, and she was delivered by Blount Memorial obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Nancy Garza.
Resting with her parents on Wednesday morning, Karen had a faint, occasional cry that quickly turned to silence, as she napped peacefully in her mother’s arms.
A head full of dark hair could be seen beneath her small cap, and both her parents said they had heads full of hair when they were born, too.
Ávila said this was the couple’s first child, and when asked about the emotion of the day, he said, “I am very proud.” Karen’s mom echoed the sentiment, smiling, as she held the swaddled newborn.
In celebration of being the hospital’s Baby New Year 2013, Blount Memorial’s Family Birthing Center provided Karen and her family with a gift basket, which included all the essentials a newborn could need — diapers, wipes, lotions, bath time essentials, a first aid kit, gowns, blankets and to go with her full head of hair, bright colorful hair bows.