Truckee’s newest resident |

Truckee’s newest resident

Katherine Morris/Sierra SunFour-year-old Emily Richardson greets her new baby sister Lacey Grace, held by her mother Kari. Lacey was Truckee's first baby of the new year, born the evening of January 2.

This year’s New Year’s baby may have arrived in Truckee a day late, but she was definitely worth the wait. Lacey Grace Richardson was born Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 5:24 p.m. at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Daughter of Kari and David Richardson, two longtime Truckee residents and owners of A1 Truck and Trailer Repair, this healthy baby girl weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 inches in length.

“We’re really excited to have had the first baby,” Kari Richardson said as she cradled her newborn angel, who was nestled in a pink blanket and cap. The doting family and friends spilling out of the small hospital room were delighted as well.

Lacey’s 4-year-old sister Emily is particularly enamored with her new baby sister. According to David, she hasn’t wanted to leave Lacey’s side.

“Lacey has a wonderful big sister to look after her. Last night Emily held her for a half an hour.”

According to tradition, the first baby of the year in Truckee is the recipient of a variety of gifts and gift certificates from local merchants. This year was no exception.

“Our community is so giving,” said Kari as she motioned toward the windowsill full of gifts and bouquets of tangerine gerber daisies lining the bedside table.

David agreed.

“Truckee is such a great, dynamic little town,” he said. “That’s why I moved up here 26 years ago.”

This year Lacey and her family received D to name just a few things D a half hour massage courtesy of the Community Wellness Resource Center, gift certificates from Safeway, Longs, Subway, Wild Cherries and several other local businesses, and a pair of miniature moccasins from White Buffalo. The Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary even made a delicate little quilt for the newborn. All of this was in addition to several shopping bags brimming with clothes, sleepers and other baby accessories.

Despite the turbulent last few months America has witnessed, Lacey’s parents were hopeful and positive about the future.

“We’re not worried (about bringing a child into the world right now),” Kari said.

David pointed out that horrendous things have been going on throughout history.

“I believe that God is in control of every situation,” Kari said as she smiled at her daughter, whose middle name was taken from “God’s grace.”

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