by JENNIFER BIUNDO
Two Hays County families helped usher in 2011 with the birth of New Year’s babies.
Vizente DeAndrez Gonzales was the first baby of the year born in San Marcos’s Central Texas Medical Center, making his grand entrance at 7:56 a.m. on January 1, 2011. His parents, Andy and Stella Gonzales of Kyle, had finished watching the New Year’s fireworks and settled in for the night when she went into labor.
“We were scared and didn’t know what to expect, but every single person here has been terrific,” said Stella Gonzales, who’s worked at CTMC as a registrar for 21 years. “They calmed me and explained everything in detail. We are so blessed to have our baby here safe and sound.”
Dr. Jenifer Kowalik attended the delivery. The new mother received a gift package with a portable crib and mobile, spa products and gift card. The couple has two older children, ages 16 and 12.
Up at Seton Hays Medical Center in Kyle, the first baby of 2011 waited took a few more days to arrive. Kyle residents Jordan and Justin Burton and daughter Hailey, 2, welcomed Emma Lynn Burton to the family at 5:48 p.m. Jan. 3. Emma clocked in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 ¼ inches long.
Justin Burton is a sergeant at Kyle Correctional Center, and Jordan is a stay at home mom. Dr. Genoveva Prisacaru attended the delivery. More than 1,000 babies were born at CTMC’s Childbirth Center in 2010, while Seton Hays saw the birth of 502 babies last year.