New to Napa and ready to start their family, Courtney and Raul Garcia gave birth to a 6-pound, 13-ounce baby girl on Tuesday morning. The baby, Mae Louisa Garcia, was the first to be born at Napa’s Queen of the Valley Medical Center this year.
“We thought she was going to be a New Year’s Day baby,” Courtney Garcia said from her hospital bed on Tuesday afternoon.
Mae was born at 11:40 a.m. Her parents said she was due last Friday, which would have made her one of the last babies born in 2017 instead of the first of 2018.
The Garcia family checked into the hospital about 7 a.m. Monday, then they were sent home. They checked in again about midnight.
“I did a lot of walking trying to get her to come out,” Courtney Garcia said. “I was ready and she wasn’t.”
Courtney had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, so she was worried about Mae’s sugar levels. By Tuesday afternoon, though, it seemed that the baby’s color was good and so was her health, she said.
Courtney, 36, and Raul, 38, have been together since 2006 and married since 2009, but decided to wait to have children until after they were done taking care of Courtney’s father who was undergoing chemotherapy. They took care of him for three years then, after he died, they knew it was time.
Courtney Garcia chose the baby’s first name in honor of her father, who was from Tennessee.
“I just wanted a Southern name,” she said. Courtney was born in Tennessee, but grew up in Walnut Creek. Her mother was from St. Helena.
When it was time to find a house and start their family, Courtney and Raul, who is from Southern California, moved from Walnut Creek to Napa in September.
There, Mae will have her own bedroom, which is painted lavender and decorated with some of her parents’ old toys, including a dollhouse that Courtney’s father built her.
The new parents said that they were looking forward to going home and just holding and feeding their baby. And, of course, getting some rest when they can.
“It’s been a long couple of days,” Raul Garcia said, admittedly tired yet excited to be a dad.
Just hours after delivery, the couple said that they could already see themselves doing it one more time.