Infant puts the happy in Happy New Year for local family

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Gresham residents Sheila Forseca and Yovani Meza welcomed their son Yovani at 10:02 a.m. New Years Day at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

Despite the efforts of his mother’s induced labor on Dec. 31, Gresham’s first baby of 2014 apparently wanted nothing to do with the outgoing year.

Little Yovani Meza waited until 10:02 a.m. New Year’s Day to make his entrance, emphatically putting the “happy” in “Happy New Year.” The 8-pound, 14-ounce infant, born at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, is the son of Gresham residents Sheila Forseca and Yovani Meza.

Forseca checked into the Family Birth Center Tuesday for a scheduled induction due to gestational diabetes. She expected to greet the New Year with her newborn son in her arms, but Yovani seemed reluctant to cooperate.

“He put me to work!” Forseca said. “It was almost like he was saying ‘not today.’ He probably knew something I didn’t.” by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Little Yovani's head full of dark hair was a surprise, Forseca said, since both her daughters didnt come with hair.

Yovani joins sisters Lexani Pagan, 6, and Talyah Pagan, 4, who already have devised a duty roster to help mom with the new baby.

“(Talyah) said, ‘I’m not going to clean any poopie diapers,’” Forseca said, laughing. “She has her own rules on how she’s going to help.”

As Gresham’s first baby of the New Year, Yovani and his family will receive congratulatory gifts from several local merchants, including Gold Art Jewelry, Feather Your Nest, Sandy Cinema 8 and others, as part of The Outlook’s annual New Year’s Baby contest.

— Anne Endicott

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