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Families welcome babies as they ring in 2017

Families welcome babies as they ring in 2017
Miguel Salgado and Cynthia Henao welcomed a new daughter, Aubree, at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital on Jan. 1. (Courtesy of Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital)

Two of the first babies born in Glendale on New Year's Day both arrived a little earlier than expected, and another was born as planned for two area men.

At Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Dulce Garcia gave birth to her daughter, Victoria, at 12:13 a.m. on Sunday.

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Victoria wasn't expected to arrive until Jan. 10, but the Alhambra resident said that all changed abruptly.

"My water broke," she said. "And my mom said, 'You have to go to the hospital.'"

Victoria was born weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and now joins 4-year-old brother, Santiago, in the family with father, Angel Rivera.

Angel Rivera and Dulce Garcia with their new daughter, Victoria, at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Angel Rivera and Dulce Garcia with their new daughter, Victoria, at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. (Courtesy of Glendale Adventist Medical Center)

Highland Park resident Cynthia Henao gave birth to her daughter, Aubree, at 4:46 a.m. Sunday at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital.

Weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, Aubree also arrived a little early. "I really wasn't ready for her to come already," her mom said.

She said she was at home and started experiencing considerable pain, so she decided to head to the hospital.

"I thought, I have to make sure everything is OK," she said.

When she got to the hospital, she was already dilated 4 centimeters. "The process had started," said Henao. She and Aubree's father, Miguel Salgado, also have a 2-year-old daughter named Kayla.

Los Angeles residents Felipe Osorno and Ian Holloway were a little less surprised at the arrival at 1:03 p.m. on New Year's Day of their second daughter, Lucia — her delivery by cesarean section at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital was actually scheduled ahead of time, Osorno said on Tuesday.

Ian Holloway, left, with husband Felipe Osorno and 2-year-old daughter Sofia, welcomed their adopted baby Lucia Sunday at USC Verdugo-Hills Hospital. Born at 1:03 p.m. and weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, Lucia was the hospital's first baby born in 2017.
Ian Holloway, left, with husband Felipe Osorno and 2-year-old daughter Sofia, welcomed their adopted baby Lucia Sunday at USC Verdugo-Hills Hospital. Born at 1:03 p.m. and weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, Lucia was the hospital's first baby born in 2017. (Courtesy of USC Verdugo-Hills Hospital)

"We thought it would be nice if she could be the first baby, so we planned for that day," said the new father, just minutes home from the hospital. "The first (of January) is a pretty special day to be born."

Holloway and Osorno arrived at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital earlier that day and were in the delivery room with the baby's birth mother. Together, they cut the umbilical cord and later introduced baby Lucia to her 2-year-old sister Sofia, whom the pair, married in 2013, had also adopted at birth.

Once home, it was time for the new arrival to meet family dogs Sherry and Rocco.

"They sniffed her when we got home and one of them went for a lick, so we're good," Osorno said.

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