Happy, almost, New Year, baby! | SierraSun.com

Happy, almost, New Year, baby!

Christine Stanley

Photo by Ari Steffen/Sierra Sun Marna and Ian Broida welcome Truckee's first baby of 2006, Maximilian Bennet Broida, into the world.

Truckee’s New Year’s baby arrived, albeit a few days into the new year.Maximilian Bennet Broida, a 7-pound, 12-ounce, boy was born at 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Tahoe Forest Hospital to Marna and Ian Broida.

The Broidas moved to Incline Village from New York shortly after 9/11.”I’m not sure if we would have had [a baby] if we stayed in New York,” said Marna Broida. “But there is something about being here that just turned us around.”

The new family received a “First Baby for 2006″ gift basket filled with items donated by the hospital and local merchants.”I’m just blown away by what the Truckee community does for the New Year’s baby,” said Marna Broida. “It’s so lovely. Oooh! I have chills!”

But little Maximilian wasn’t the only newcomer to Tahoe Forest Hospital on Wednesday. Just hours later, Kings Beach resident Cynthia Mujica delivered a 6-pound, 2-ounce girl. She was followed by a 7-pound, 7-ounce baby boy named Riley Ray Cleland, born to Sarah Salmon and Christopher Cleland of Soda Springs.Nurses at Tahoe Forest Hospital were a little surprised that the New Year’s baby didn’t arrive on Jan. 1 because, according to Teri Smith, the hospital’s coordinator of marketing and community relations, Tahoe Forest averages 500 births every year. “I think Jan. 5 or 6 is the latest the New Year’s baby has arrived,” Smith said.