Medford hospital welcomes first baby of 2016

Medford, Ore. — Medford’s first baby of 2016 arrived early this morning at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Emmanuel Joshua Aguirre was born just after 2 Friday morning and while his parents were shocked to learn they were the hospital’s first baby of the new year, they say they couldn’t be happier.

“It feels great,” Lisset Aguirre says, “I didn’t think it was gonna happen, but it feels great.”

There aren’t enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the emotions first time parents, Lisset and Josh Aguirre are feeling today.

“Ecstatic,” Josh Aguirre says, “just excited, super happy, super thankful, just couldn’t be happier right now.”

“An amazing, amazing feeling,” Lisset says, “they put him on my chest right away, it was just crazy.”

The Medford couple welcomed their son into the world at 2:18 am, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 21 and a half inches long. The doctors say he’s healthy, and his parents say he’s perfect. As for the nurses, they’re thrilled he’s so punctual.

“The night nurse was like YES, I’m the first baby of the night!” Registered nurse Alexanda Tecmire says.

And although Emmanuel wasn’t due for a couple more days, now that he’s here, mom and dad can’t imagine a minute without him.

“Perfect way to ring in the new year, couldn’t be better.”

The first baby in Oregon was born a minute after midnight. Stacey and Matthew McDowell welcomed Gemma Eileen into the world at Providence Willamette Falls in Oregon City. She is the couple’s third child.

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