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Oh, baby! New parents celebrate '09 one day late

Posted: January 2, 2009 9:02 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 4:59 a.m.

Aaron and Carie Swanson welcomed their son Cameron Riley into the Santa Clarita Valley Friday morning. City Councilwoman Laurie Ender (center) presented the couple with a city diaper bag. Hospital auxillary president Carol Winkler (right) visited the valley's first baby of the new year.

 
For parents Carie and Aaron Swanson, of Antelope Valley, giving birth to Santa Clarita's first baby of 2009 was a surprise.

"I thought for sure they had several babies before (mine)," Carie Swanson said.

But after Carie gave birth to her son, Cameron Riley, Friday morning at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, officials there added to the Swansons' joy with the news.

Carol Winkler, president of the hospital's auxiliary, presented the family with a commemorative birth announcement, a $50 gift certificate and a Canyon Country Babies "R" Us gift basket.

Councilwoman Laurie Ender gave the couple a city diaper bag.

Local physician Navid Navizadeh performed a C-section to deliver Cameron Riley, who weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 22 inches long at birth.

"Things couldn't get any better," father Aaron Swanson said. "We had a nice relaxing New Year's Day at home with the family and we still get to celebrate Cameron as the first baby."

Carie is also the mother of 16-year-old twins, an 11-year-old and an 18-month-old baby.

"At least I wasn't throwing up," Carie said. "The entire family came down with the stomach flu on New Year's Eve but thankfully recovered just in time (to share the birth of the families youngest child)."

Everyone in the family was at the hospital to see the newborn child, she said.

"I can't imagine ever getting tired of seeing a new life coming into this world," Carie said.

In 2007, Nicole and Richard Rosenblatt, of Green Valley, gave birth to the year's first child, Lilly, on Jan. 1.

The number of children born at Newhall Memorial declined from 1,423 in 2006 to 1,348 in 2008.

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