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Late, but in first place

Mercy’s first 2013 baby a boy

Born at 7:10 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Jesús Juan Delgado was the first baby born at Mercy Regional Medical Center in 2013. Enlarge photo

JOSH STEPHENSON/Durango Herald

Born at 7:10 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Jesús Juan Delgado was the first baby born at Mercy Regional Medical Center in 2013.

Jesús Juan Delgado took his sweet time, but his 7:10 p.m. arrival Tuesday at Mercy Regional Medical Center still qualified him as the hospital’s first baby of the new year.

The newborn weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20 inches. He was delivered by Gretchen Schwinn, a certified nurse midwife from Southwest Midwives.

The happy parents are Gloria Tello and Jesús Delgado. She’s a housewife; he works for Quality Maintenance. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Hillary.

Mercy staff members presented the couple the traditional basket of goodies for the newborn – clothes, diapers and toys – and a colorful wool cap.

The cap is gift a from Durango Mad Hatters – about 50 women who meet monthly to knit caps for the purpose. Since their first meeting in October 2006, the women have donated more than 4,500 caps.

Three women were in labor on Jan. 1, but only one baby other than Jesús Juan was a New Year’s baby, arriving at 10 p.m., hospital spokesman David Bruzzese said. The third mother gave birth in the wee hours Wednesday.

Mercy registered 876 births last year, the second consecutive year with fewer than 1,000 births. In 2010, Mercy registered 1,019 births; in 2011, 902 births, Bruzzese said.

Jesús Juan has a number of notable birthday co-celebrants, among them historic figures Paul Revere and Betsy Ross, writer J.D. Salinger, boxing great Rocky Graziano, longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater and violinist and band leader Xavier Cugat.

Grandmother Maria Espinosa, on the housekeeping staff at the hospital, was present Wednesday to celebrate with her daughter and son-in-law.

“I have two grandchildren now,” she said.

The couple answered cautiously when asked if they’d like to have more children.

He said: “We’ll see.”

She said: “Maybe one more in a year or so.”

daler@durangoherald.com