TFH celebrates first baby of Year 2000
Instead of toasting champagne or blowing noise-makers at midnight New Year’s Eve, Truckee couple Elkie and Larry Silver were arriving at Tahoe Forest Hospital to deliver the first baby born in the area in the Year 2000.
Nicholas Silver was born on Jan. 1, 2000 at 6:17 a.m. – a 20-inch newborn weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Elkie and Larry said Nicholas, dubbed as the TFH Millennium Baby, was the best gift for the New Year they could imagine.
“It was really exciting and totally unexpected,” said Larry Silver, who is an anesthesiologist at the hospital. “I spend a lot of time up here (in OBGYN), so it’s really a coincidence.”
The couple joked about how they were having a New Year’s Eve celebration of their own at home, when the excitement started. They weren’t expecting Elkie to go into labor that night; Nicholas’ due date was originally Jan. 3.
“My water broke at home at 11:30 (p.m.),” Elkie said. “And we arrived at the hospital just before midnight.”
Larry added, “So really our plans changed for the evening within minutes. It was the funnest New Year’s I had ever hoped for.”
Nicholas was the only baby born at the hospital on New Year’s Day, according to RN Supervisor Christine Lloyd, who organizes the New Year Baby celebration and gift basket every year.
“We’re just thrilled there was such a contribution from the local businesses,” she said. “And this year’s especially exciting because it’s the millennium.”
Businesses that contributed to the gift basket included: Longs Drug, Albertson’s, Safeway, Rite Aide, The Tree House, White Buffalo, Treat Box Bakery, North Lake Pediatrics, Tahoe Women’s Center, Round Table Pizza, OB’s, Casa Baeza, “Let it Snow,” Soroptimists of Truckee, Ruffles and Ruffnecks Children’s Shop, McDonald’s, Subway, Dairy Queen, Mi Casa Too, Tahoe House, Squaw Creek Resort, TFH Retail Pharmacy, TFH Auxilary, TFH Health Promotions and TFH Women and Family Center.
The proud parents brought baby Nicholas, adorned in “2000 reasons to love me” pajamas, home on Monday afternoon.
“It just made it more emotional to have it happen on New Year’s,” Elkie said. “This has just been so fun.”
The family returned Monday afternoon to their Tahoe Donner home, which had been ornately decorated by excited neighbors.
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