Meet the first baby born in Merced County in 2019

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Livingston Chronicle - BY VIKAAS SHANKER [email protected]­ced­sun­star.com

When ex­pec­tant mother Nicole Martinez was sched­uled to be in­duced on Jan. 6, there was ex­cite­ment about the pos­si­bil­ity that her new daugh­ter could pos­si­bly be born at the turn of the year.

“My mom said it would be so nice if she was born on the 31st, or on the 30th,” the date of Nicole’s grand­mother’s birth­day, she said. The new baby would be Nicole’s sixth child, her oth­ers aged be­tween 3 and 17 years old.

But on New Year’s Eve Mon­day, Nicole was rushed to Mercy Med­i­cal Cen­ter as a pre­cau­tion for high blood pres­sure, and she went into la­bor.

And at 12:22 a.m. Tues­day, Lexxie Eyvie Jade Martinez was the first Merced County baby born in 2019.

“I just thought it was kind of cool that our last child, for sure, was com­ing out with a bang as the first baby of 2019,” Nicole said.

Lexxie was born at seven pounds and 12 ounces and 20 inches long to Nicole and fa­ther Ronny Martinez. She joined sib­lings Ycela, Harley, Nico, Zaiden and Au­d­rina.

Three-year-old Au­d­rina, the youngest sib­ling, at first had reser­va­tions about be­ing sup­planted as the fam­ily’s youngest, Nicole said. But that changed once she saw Lexxie.

“Oh, she’s so pre­cious,” the new big sis­ter said.

While staff at Mercy Med­i­cal Cen­ter cel­e­brated Lexxie’s birth with her fam­ily Tues­day, over on the west side of Merced County, Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Los Banos didn’t see any births on New Year’s Day.

But at 8:20 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Ja­cob Noah Ros­ales was the first 2019 baby born in Los Banos to par­ents Alv­ina Ros­ales and Ar­mando Cruz, ac­cord­ing to Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials. Ja­cob weighed eight pounds and seven ounces and was just over 20 inches tall.

VIKAAS SHANKER [email protected]­ced­sun­star.com

Merced mother Nicole Martinez cra­dles her new­born, Lexxie Eyvie Jade Martinez, on Jan. 2 at Mercy Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Merced. Lexxie was born at 12:22 a.m. Jan. 1, the first baby born in Merced County in 2019.

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