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Diego Loranca off to an early start

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS Diego Loranca is starting life off with a very good habit: Hes early. Diego arrived on New Years Day at 2:16 p.m. almost three weeks before his due date of Jan. 20.His early arrival earned him the distinction of being 2004s first baby born at Valley View Hospital. On Friday, Jan. 2, though, Diego didnt seemed fazed by his extra-special status. Instead, he blinked his eyes and yawned as his mom, Diana Ramos Loranca, cuddled and kissed him. It is OK that he was born early, said Diana with a smile. He is big enough!Diego weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 191⁄2 inches at birth. He is the first child for Diana, 27, and her husband, Alejandro Loranca, 32, of Rifle.Although three moms gave birth on Dec. 31, no other babies were in contention for the first baby of the year status at Valley View.Its funny, because Summit County had six deliveries on New Years Day, said maternity nurse Jane Vincent. Nine months ago, Summit had a really bad snow storm in late March, and people got shut in for three or four days, so that might have had something to do with it.A silver spoonDiana said she felt sick during the morning on New Years Day, but didnt think she would be having her baby so soon.My blood pressure was high, she said, so she and Alejandro left their home and drove to Valley View Hospital. It was 8 a.m. by the time the Lorancas reached the hospital, and as soon as Diana was checked in, she realized she was having contractions, which were causing her high blood pressure.I had no medicine, she said. Diego just wanted to arrive early.And that he did. By 2 p.m., Diana delivered Diego, with the help of midwife Pam Furr, Dr. Ellen Brooks, and nurse Andrea Mitchell.Landing the first baby title means Diego and his parents received some extra special perks courtesy of local retailers and Valley View Hospital. A brand new car seat sat on a table in Dianas hospital room next to a basket filled with receiving blankets, baby socks, T-shirts, baby bath and shampoo and even an engraved silver spoon. diego: see page 4diego: from page 1On Friday, Diana and Diego had visitors: Dianas mother, Aurora Ramos, and sister Dalia Payan, both of Delta, who were beaming with pride at their new grandson and nephew. Diana and Alejandro, who is a satellite technician for Crystal Video & Satellite in Carbondale, are now home in Rifle with Diego. First babiesJoetta Nieslanik was working in the maternity ward Friday afternoon. She knows all about having the first baby of the year. A year ago, her and her husband, Erics, son Wheatley was the first baby born at Valley View. He turned 1 yesterday, she said proudly. He says, Hi!Vincent said 705 babies were born at Valley View in 2003. She said every year, there are more and more babies being born at Valley View. Thats why were so happy about the remodel, said Vincent of the hospitals new family birthing center, which will add beds and amenities to the hospitals existing 10-bed maternity ward. What we have now is great and very family oriented, and the remodel is going to make it even better.Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com


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