BROOKINGS – Alejandra Navid Garcia Martinez arrived a few days early, but right on time to be Brookings’ New Year’s baby.
Alejandra was the first baby of the year born at Brookings Health System, at 12:54 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020, to Maricela Martinez and Luis Garcia of Brandt. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 18.75 inches long.
She joins siblings Maria Guadalupe, Luis Eduardo and Maria Isabel.
The New Year’s baby receives a variety of toys, baby products, services and gift certificates donated by local businesses and organizations, according to Julia Yoder, marketing and public relations director for BHS.
A bit early
Alejandra was due in January, but Martinez was hoping the baby would arrive on New Year’s Eve.
“I really wanted to have her on New Year’s Eve. My due date was on the fifth of January, but it came earlier, so exactly how I wanted,” Martinez said through an interpreter.
Alejandra had some competition to be the New Year’s baby, according to obstetrics nurse Michelle Sand, RN. There was an induction around noon Dec. 31, but that little one came too quickly to be the first of 2020.
The timing of Alejandra’s birth influenced her name, as well.
“Alejandra is a common name, but Navid is like Christmas,” Martinez said.
The family is very excited about Alejandra’s arrival.
“We were waiting on her since a long time,” Martinez said.
While Garcia held Alejandra, she laid quietly in his arms.
Martinez has high hopes for her newborn daughter, describing her as “tranquila.”
“Besides being so special to me, I think she’s calm and she’s gonna be a very happy person,” her mother said.
The family is grateful for all the gifts they received.
“She’s very lucky,” Martinez said. “And we’re really grateful for everything.”
“Thank you for everything,” Garcia said.
“My husband mentioned that you guys have treated us really well and everybody be nice here in the hospital,” Martinez added.
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