'Lucky gift' is the first baby of '21
A lucky gift from God – that's the meaning of the New Year's baby's name.
Mateo Felix Piña was the first baby born in the year 2021 at St. Charles Madras in Jefferson County, arriving at 3:57 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1.
Mateo means a gift from God, and Felix means lucky, explained the baby boy's parents, Marcus Piña and Darlene Ambriz.
At birth, Mateo weighed 5 pounds, 7.3 ounces and was 19 inches in length.
This is the first baby for the Madras couple.
Ambriz said she had an instinct that she was having a boy, but they didn't officially find out until the end because they couldn't stand it any longer.
"We peaked in the envelope," Piña laughed, referring to ultrasound images that proved they were having a boy.
Mateo came a week early, so the parents had no idea that he might be a New Year's baby, although Ambriz' brother had called it.
Naturally, the "lucky gift from God" has already been showered with gifts.
Mateo, as the first baby born at the local hospital in the new year, has won his parents a list of prizes donated by local businesses through a promotion of the Madras Pioneer. This is the 72nd year of the First Baby event for the newspaper.
The prize list includes assorted baby gifts from St. Charles Madras; a $25 gift card from Madras Grocery Outlet; a can of formula and two packages of newborn diapers from Erickson's Thriftway; a baby blanket from The Outpost; one free party room rental at Madras Aquatic Center; a free cleaning service for the baby's room from Clean Express; and a one-year subscription to the Madras Pioneer.
The new parents thank the businesses that donated the gifts.
"They're appreciated – very much appreciated," Ambriz said.
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