Esteban Julian Morales’ family has long awaited his arrival, and not just since his mother, Martha, learned she was pregnant.
“My mom had two miscarriages, so he’s a rainbow baby,” said Ruth Rodriguez, 19, Esteban’s oldest sister, who was there with sister Fernanda Morales, 14.
Esteban had no problem making his mother and father, Horacio Morales, and the rest of the family wait a little longer. He was due Dec. 21, but his mother didn’t have contractions. They didn’t go to Trios Health’s family birthing center at its downtown Women’s and Children’s Hospital until Dec. 30.
Her water broke the next day.
It was a difficult labor. Martha Morales ended up delivering Esteban by Caesarean section at 7:24 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The newborn weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 20 inches long. The boy’s mother was still recovering later that morning, but both are doing well.
Esteban is named after a great-grandfather, and his father “is very happy; he’s been wanting a boy for a long time,” Rodriguez said. Relatives came from throughout the Tri-Cities and Seattle to see Esteban and his family, and they were glad the birth took place at a Trios Health hospital.
“We like this hospital,” said Rudy Castillo, an uncle. “They are very family-oriented.”
As the first baby born at the hospital in the new year, Esteban and his family received a prize package, including items such as a baby bathtub, blankets, toys and other supplies.
Esteban wasn’t the first baby born at a Tri-City hospital in 2016, though. A baby girl was born at 4:03 a.m. at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19 inches long.
Baby and family are doing well, though the family declined interviews. Kadlec also provided that family a gift package for having the first newborn of the year at the hospital.