First baby of new year beats first storm |

First baby of new year beats first storm

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunLaura and Jeff Brown hold Anya Abbey Brown, the Truckee area's first baby of the New Year, born at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

The first baby of the new year in the Truckee-Tahoe area arrived with impeccable timing one day into the new year and one day before the first big storm of 2008. Anya Abbey Brown, an 8-pound, 10-ounce girl, was born at 11:04 a.m. on Wednesday at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The proud parents, Laura and Jeff Brown of Sierra Meadows, have lived in Truckee for 13 years, and have one other child a 2-year-old son named Owen.[Anyas] very lucky to have a wonderful big brother, and hes lucky to have her to play with, Laura Brown said of the new siblings.Dr. Shawni Coll delivered both of the Browns newborns at Tahoe Forest Hospital a fortunate circumstance for the family, the mother said.She made us very comfortable, Laura Brown said. This is the best place in the world to have a baby!The family received a First Baby of 2008 gift basket filled with items donated by the hospital and local merchants, such as diapers, a blanket and a Wild Cherries baby shirt.Its fun having her make a little Truckee history, Laura Brown said.After only two hours of labor, Anya made her first debut into the world just three days before her due date.This will be the first race shell win, beamed Jeff Brown. She wanted to beat the storm! Laura Brown is the executive director for the Excellence in Education Foundation, and her husband, Jeff, is a real-estate broker.Being type-A parents, were glad she was on time, Jeff Brown said with a chuckle.Only one other birth contended for Truckees first baby of the New Year title Albert Bermudez, a 7-pound, 4-ounce boy born at 6:38 p.m. Wednesday to Maria Bermudez and Leonardo Guevara.In 2007, Tahoe Forest Hospital recorded 506 deliveries a 12 percent increase from 2006, and a new record of births for the hospitals pediatric ward. Thats pretty incredible and really says something about this area, said Maria Luback-Neves, the hospitals clinical coordinator.

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