Noah Villanueva was Thurston County’s first baby born in 2014, although his mother wouldn’t have minded if he had stuck to the original due date of Dec. 29.
“I was hoping for the tax write-off,” said Shelton resident Haydee Jiao, smiling at her first child.
Noah was born at 1:02 a.m. Wednesday at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He weighed 7 pounds 4.8 ounces and measured 20 inches.
Proud grandparents David and Mercy Clarke, also of Shelton, joined their daughter and Noah in the hospital room Wednesday afternoon. Swaddled in a blanket, Noah suckled on a pacifier while he slept with a knitted cap on his head.
Jiao had checked into the hospital around 5 a.m. Tuesday after her water broke. She had hoped to deliver the baby without drugs, but that plan changed after 10 hours in labor. As her labor stretched into the night, she prepared for a Caesarean section until the birth finally moved forward.
The mother and her new baby expect to leave the hospital either Thursday or Friday, depending on clearance from a doctor.
Noah’s father, Norwin Villanueva, is currently in the Philippines, where he awaits immigration to the U.S. The new parents look forward to reuniting in Washington once Norwin is able to interview with the U.S. Embassy.
The baby’s name was chosen by combining a few letters from each parent’s first name, said Jiao, who has lived in the U.S. for three years.
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