Three babies were born Jan. 1 at Baptist Health Richmond, but the first to arrive in the new year was Dylan Joseph Vera.
He was born about 6:45 a.m. to Jamie and Lenin Vera of Richmond.
Dylan stirred a bit but mostly slept through his first press conference Thursday morning. He seemed more interested in sleep than in basking in his celebrity status.
He weighed in a 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.
Dylan was presented with gifts, mostly boxes of disposable diapers, from the Pattie A. Clay Auxiliary, the hospital’s community support organization.
Although his parents requested just diapers, Jill Williams, the hospital’s marketing director, said she couldn’t resist picking up a few other baby items. One was a blue winter cap with a stitched-on image of a baseball.
Jamie and Lenin, who moved to Richmond about four years ago to attend Eastern Kentucky University, donned EKU attire as they shared the spotlight with their son Thursday.
Dylan’s mom, who works at a Winchester hospital, graduated in December 2012 with a health services administration degree. His dad, a network security and electronics major, is on track to graduate in May. In addition to attending school, Lenin Vera works at Richmond Auto Parts Technologies and at the campus bookstore.
Dylan is the second child for Jamie and Lenin. They have a daughter, Elena Joseline, who is 18 months old.
Their home also includes two children, age 11 and 8, from Lenin’s previous marriage. They were visiting other relatives for the holidays when Dylan was born. Both are eager to get home and help care for their new little brother, Lenin said.
Jamie and Lenin both come from Army families and previously lived near Fort Knox. Both said they look forward to continuing to live in Richmond because they regard it as “a great place to raise children.”
Lenin said he had lived in larger cities but prefers a community the size of Richmond.
All three children born on New Year’s Day at Baptist Health Richmond were boys, Williams said.
The two other mothers went into labor earlier and had already been admitted to the hospital when the Veras arrived, but Jamie was the first mother to deliver and allow her son to claim first baby of the year honors.