A mom's No. 5 is No. 1 for year
By JAMES THORNER, Times Staff Writer
Antonia was the first baby born in Pasco County in 2003.
Arriving two hours after the bells and bottle rockets of midnight, the 6-pound 12-ounce infant rested on her mother's arm at East Pasco Medical Center in Zephyrhills.
Still weary from the early morning delivery, Juana Reyes said she assumed her fifth child would arrive on Dec. 31. But her labor dragged on longer than expected, although she said it was smooth sailing.
How does she feel to have Pasco's first baby? "Bueno," the 30-year-old mother said with satisfaction as she cradled the wee one on the hospital bed.
Reyes and her husband, Eliazar Sanchez, live in Lacoochee, where Sanchez works as an electrical cable installer.
Before moving to the states, the Mexican immigrant couple left their other four children in Guerrero, Mexico, with family.
The couple named Antonia after Sanchez's late mother.
"I'm very happy about the baby because my youngest child in Mexico is 8 years old," Reyes said through an interpreter.
Lying in the baby's hospital-issue bassinet was a knit red and white Christmas cap topped with a fluffy white ball. Antonia wore the cap after delivery to keep her head snug.
As the hospital's first baby for 2003, Antonia can expect more goodies from East Pasco Medical Center. Last year's first arrival received a gift package containing a bassinet, car seat and clothes.
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