Neymar Alexander Escobedo came a few days early into the world at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, surprising his mom with an early birthday present.
On Tuesday, the 6 pounds 13.4 ounces and 20 inches long, the baby boy became the first known baby born in 2013 at a Napa County hospital, one of two children born at Queen of the Valley Medical Center New Year’s Day. As it turns out, Neymar Alexander was also born a day before his mom’s 31st birthday.
“It’s a beautiful present,” said mom Irma Mendoza Vasquez in Spanish as Neymar Alexander, sporting a hat rested in her arms, barely seven hours after his birth.
Mendoza Vasquez, a Napa resident, came to the hospital at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, but the baby arrived at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Seven hours later on Tuesday, Mendoza Vasquez, a housekeeper in Yountville, said she felt well but tired.
As registered nurse Adriana Bardouski translated, Mendoza Vasquez and Alexander Escobar said they hope their son will be happy, be a good man, have a good heart and a good head for school and for work.
“We hope he likes to study,” said Alexander Escobedo, 32, a field worker.
Both Mendoza Vasquez and Alexander Escobedo plan to take their child home today, where he will join his 5-year-old big sister, Jennifer. Friends will visit the baby at home, they said.
Jennifer, who likes school, color books and play in the park, is being cared for by relatives while waiting for her little brother to come home. “She’s very excited,” her mom said.