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New Year babies: Atascadero couples welcome North Counties newest residents

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017




SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The first baby of the new year born in the North County and the first baby of the new year born at Sierra Vista Regional Hospital were both born to parents from Atascadero.

Atascadero residents Serena and Juan Martinez welcomed their first baby, Abraham Juan, at 11:01 p.m. Sunday. Abraham weighed in at 7 lbs., 1 oz and measured 20 inches long and was the first baby born in the North County, making his debut at Twin Cities Community Hospital.

Mom, Serena was not expecting to have a new year’s baby as Abraham’s due date was Jan. 6. She thought that Abraham would be a little early, but didn’t expect him in time for New Year’s Day. However, Dad had a feeling he might make it in time. Serena woke up to contractions Sunday, which continued for 15 hours and then she went through one hour of active labor.

“His Grandmother was like ‘you’ve got to have him on New Year’s, you’ve got to have him,’” Serena said.

When talking about their hopes and dreams for little Abraham, Juan said he wants to “try to lead him on the right path. Whatever he wants to do with his life. I’m not going to force him. Just to make sure he has a good mind and put him on the right path.”

Serena added that she wants to “support him with anything,” and Juan said, “I just hope he becomes a successful little man, better than his daddy, hopefully.”

Baby Abraham is blessed with a lot of uncles — a total of 12 — and three aunts so far. Boys tend to run predominately in both Serena’s and Juan’s family. Serena is the only girl in her family, so she said that having a boy was expected. But Abraham did surprise mom.

“He surprised me, he was a surprise that day,” she said.

Colton Joshua rang in the new year as Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s first baby at 4:03 p.m., weighing 8 lbs., 1 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches long. Parents Denise and Josh Lorenzo, of Atascadero, and siblings Nathan, 5, and Logan, 17 months, were also surprised to welcome a New Year’s baby.

“Our due date was Jan. 12,” said mother Denise Lorenzo. “My husband and I were actually talking New Year’s Eve morning, saying that it would be kind of fun to have a New Year’s baby, but with our luck — we don’t have very good luck — (we thought) that definitely will not happen. So New Year’s night I was having pretty tight contractions and that morning we thought we should probably go in. So we ended up having a New Year’s baby. It was pretty fast, we definitely were not ready yet for him to arrive. We kind of threw stuff in the car and went. It all worked out, thank God it was our third and we knew what to do.”

With the addition of Colton, the Lorenzos are now a family of five. Nathan, the oldest, is “obsessed with him (the baby), loves him and just wants to hold him,” Denise said. “It’s pretty cute. Our 17-month old Logan, he likes him, he pokes at him... it’s pretty neat to see actually both of the boys see their little brother. It’s neat to have all three of them all pretty close in age, making it a fun experience.”

When asked about the future, Colton’s father Josh joked that it would be good if he could be a professional athlete so that he can retire early.

Josh added that he hopes Colton is “a good, healthy baby,” and “very successful at what he does.”

“I hope he enjoys life to the fullest,” added mom. “It’s a great way to start our new year! A good start to 2017.”

The title of San Luis Obispo County’s first baby of the new year went to Aurora Shanel Lyons, coming in at 8 lbs. even and measuring 20 inches long at the Family Birthing Center at French Hospital Medical Center at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Auroa is the first child for mother Macy Cunningham-Rule and father James Lyons, of Cambria, who are both overjoyed about their new year’s arrival. “What an unexpected and awesome way to start the New Year,” said Macy.

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