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First baby of 2019 born in Chula Vista

Ainhara Banos was born at 12:04 a.m. at Scripps Mercy Hospital
Posted at 4:39 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 19:00:24-05

San Diego County welcomed its first baby of 2019 at 12:04 a.m.

Ainhara Abegail Banos was born at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista at 7 pounds and 14 ounces. The bundle of joy is 20 inches tall.

Her mother, Elizabeth Morales, said Ainhara's three older sisters can't wait to meet her.

"They're waiting for her!" Morales said. She joked that her other daughters, however, "wanted a boy."

Morales thought she would have a quiet New Year's Eve because the baby wasn't due until the middle of January. While at home, Morales' water broke and her sister brought her to the hospital. Even though Morales has three other children, she said she was still nervous. Even for seasoned veterans of the hospital, the first baby of the year is always exciting.

"I've been doing this for over 30 years. I still get goosebumps every time a baby is born," said Elizabeth Retts, Director of Maternal Health.

Morales and the baby will be discharged tomorrow.