As the first nine hours of 2014 passed without a birth in Jackson County, Rosa Torres thought she'd have to hurry to earn the New Year's baby distinction for her daughter Sophia.
Yet the 6-pound girl passed most of her first birthday without a peer while Torres, father Fidel Aguirre and other relatives doted on her 10:16 a.m. arrival at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
Neither Asante Ashland Community Hospital nor Providence Medford Medical Center reported a baby born Jan. 1.
"Our wish came true," said Torres, 21, of Central Point. "We weren't expecting to be the first baby of the year."
Sophia Dellanie has other firsts to her credit. She is not only her parents' first offspring but her paternal grandparents' first grandchild. She's just the second girl of seven grandchildren on her mother's side.
"They've been waiting for a while," said Aguirre, 23. "She's gonna be spoiled ... super spoiled."
Immaculate in a ruffled, pink sleeper with mouse-shaped feet under a fuzzy, fuschia blanket, the brown-haired, brown-eyed, 19-inch girl already was playing dress-up, Torres said.
Although family kept guessing at Sophia's birthday once Torres' Dec. 26 due date passed, the baby's gender was no surprise.
"Everything in her room is pink," said Torres, adding that Sophia received plenty of girly outfits, blankets and toys for Christmas.
Sophia's middle name, however, was a last-minute decision for her parents, who said they combined a few letters from each of their names to come up with something original. Aguirre, employed with Metal Masters in Medford, said he likes that her given name sounds the same in English and Spanish.
"That name fits her perfectly," said labor and delivery nurse Lori Bell, adding that the fanfare around Sophia's birth likely will fit her little-princess persona.
Extra gifts were in store for the county's first baby of the year. The hospital's auxiliary bequeathed an oversized, white Christmas stocking embroidered with "2014" and stuffed with toiletries, picture frames, a book and hand-knit blanket, Bell said.
Asante supplied a Fred Meyer gift card, along with a basket of goodies, including snacks and body-care products, mostly intended for Torres, whose labor was induced but who otherwise had a routine delivery, Bell said.
"Cause you did all the work," she told Torres. "It was a great birth."
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