'She's here and healthy': Baby Alina, first of 2022, makes young couple new parents

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A couple was surprised with the early arrival of their first child on New Year's Day, as she promptly ushered in the new year and became the first baby born at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in 2022.

Yaretzi Moreno, 17, gave birth to a 5-pound, 8-ounce baby girl at about 5 p.m., Jan. 1, 2022. She named her Alina, and she became the first baby born at the local PeaceHealth hospitals this year.

Alina was not due to arrive until Jan. 15, but, as babies often do, she tested her parents and chose to join the rest of the world much sooner.

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"Contractions started Friday morning and she's here now, early — very early actually — but she's here and healthy," Moreno said during a video conference call Monday.

Moreno was surprised to learn that her child was the first of the year, but then again, Baby Alina has been full of surprises from the start.

Moreno said she didn't find out she was pregnant until late October, after going in to see the doctor about some side pains she was experiencing.

Moreno said she is looking forward to "learning how to be a parent at such a young age."

"I wasn't expecting it," she said. "I've told many people that it's going to be hard at first, but … later on it's going to hopefully get easier, and she'll have a good future."

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New father Benjamin Zepeda also expressed having some nerves and excitement.

"Honestly, I feel nervous and worried, but I know that I will be able to push through the challenges and be a good family," he said. "I'm excited to see her grow up as a beautiful girl."

With Alina being born Saturday, Moreno said they are already discussing how they will celebrate her future birthdays with regular New Year's festivities.

"We were talking about that earlier," she said. "We've got to plan out whether we're going to do New Year's and her birthday on the same day, or New Year's then have a little rest and then do her birthday."

Either way, Alina's future birthdays are destined to include fireworks and excitement, as people worldwide celebrate.

Contact reporter Jordyn Brown at jbrown@registerguard.com or 541-246-4264, and follow her on Twitter @thejordynbrown and Instagram @registerguard. Support local journalism, subscribe to The Register-Guard.

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