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First baby of New Year's day (w/ video)

By JR Ortega
Jan. 1, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.

Aubry Gillette, 22, kisses her newborn baby boy, Ayden Dean Gillette, born 12:09 a.m. New Year's Day at DeTar Hospital North in Victoria. "I'm so happy; I can't stop holding him," she said.

For only being hours old, Ayden Dean Gillette is good at being No. 1.

Born at DeTar Hospital North at 8 pounds, 6 ounces at 12:09 a.m. New Year's Day, Ayden is not only the first Crossroads baby of 2014, but he's also the first child to his mother, Aubry Gillette, and the first grandson in the family.

"The last couple of weeks have been exhausting," said the 22-year-old mother, who moved to Yorktown a week ago. "As soon as they told me, 'We are going to start making you push in an hour,' I started shaking, and I was like, 'I'm going to be a mom.'"

Gillette was raised in Utah and moved to Yorktown to be closer to her family, she said.

Ayden was originally scheduled to be delivered Jan. 6, but when the contractions hit hard at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Gillette knew it was time.

For her first, it was tough, she said, adding that she was in labor 22 hours. She was ready to deliver by 11 p.m. but waited another hour to have him born New Year's Day.

Ayden's grandmother, Shauna Scott, of Yorktown, was there the entire process.

Scott has three granddaughters and, now, one grandson.

"I've been there for every birth," she said, excitedly.

Gillette said the support of her mother and her brothers and sisters have really helped make the process easier. They all will help raise Ayden, she said.

She even has her younger brother calling dibs on teaching him baseball and video games.

"You can teach him sports but not video games," she told him. "He will not be hooked on electronics."

Gillette is most excited, she said, for Ayden to say "Mom" for the first time.

The name Ayden, she said, was the name that always caught her attention, but it's his middle name she's really proud of.

Dean was Gillette's grandfather's name. He died in 2006.

"Even though he was my grandfather, he was more like a father to me," she said.

By New Year's Day afternoon, Gillette was exhausted. Though she knew she needed sleep, she wanted to stay up just for her firstborn.

"I think I've only put him down a few times today," she said. "I won't let him go."



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