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Couple celebrate Victoria's baby No. 1 of 1-1-11

By KBell
Jan. 1, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Dec. 31, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.

Nineteen-year-old Desirea Hernandez, of Cuero, glances over at her son, Drayden Garibay, in her suite at Citizens Medical Center.

Like a lot of people around the world, Drayden Garibay spent the morning of the new year sleeping off the events from the night before.

Tightly wrapped in a white blanket, the 6-pound, 14-ounce baby boy napped quietly, his hands squirming around his face.

Delivered at 2:47 a.m., Drayden is the first baby born in Victoria in 2011. And his parents were just as exhausted.

"I went to sleep at 6 a.m. and woke up at 8," mother Desirea Hernandez said. "I just wanted him back in here with me."

Hernandez, 19, cocked her head and cracked a smile when she looked at her firstborn sleeping next to her bed at Citizens Medical Center.

"From the nose down, he looks like me. The eyes look like him," she said, referring to Drayden's father, Dominic Garibay, 17, who is a senior at Cuero High.

Hernandez was due Jan. 1, but said recent doctor appointments led her to believe she would deliver late. She said she had looked forward to the idea of having a New Year's baby. That is, until December came.

"Whenever it got closer, I was just ready for him to come," she said. "Now I'm just trying to see how much time I get to spend with him before school starts."

Hernandez attends the University of Houston-Victoria, where she plans on studying criminal justice or history. The couple lives in Cuero.

"It's going to be hard," Hernandez said of spending her second semester of college with a newborn. "But it will be easier now that I'm not going every day."

The couple said it hadn't really hit them yet that they were parents. But they were excited and already prepared for how their lives would change.

"I was with my friends last year," Hernandez said of New Year's Eve 2010. "This year I was just at home screaming."

Garibay laughed and nodded, but he didn't say much.

Instead, he picked up his son with confidence and sat next to Hernandez. His thumb grazed the back of a tiny head, with thick, dark hair peeking out of a fuzzy cap.

They'll celebrate New Year's differently from now on, they said.

"He has two cousins and an uncle who also have birthdays in January," Hernandez said. "So we'll all be partying."



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