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Couple welcomes first Imperial Valley baby born in the new year

BRAWLEY, Calif. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY)- Juleanna Villalobos earned the recognition of being the first baby in the Imperial Valley to be born in the new year. 

Brought into the world just before 7:30 in the morning and weighing 8 pounds, her parents are still in disbelief about their bundle of joy. 

Jesus Villalobos, the father said, "It's just a blessing. It's a miracle. You just, it's kind of unbelievable. I'm still kind of shocked about it. It's been a few since she was born. It still hasn't hit me."

Villalobos grew up without a father. Being there for the birth of his child meant everything to him. 

Villalobos added, "Having the father there at all times is very important. Growing up I always wanted my dad to be there. So I didn't have the opportunity so I mean just giving her the support and the baby, I think it's very important."

Thankfully baby Juleanna was perfectly healthy.

Registered Nurse, Jennifer Sandoval said, "Sometimes, unfortunately, there are complications that can happen. Either during a pregnancy or at birth. So we were really happy that this went really well."

While no one can really prepare for parenthood, Juleanna's mother, Edith Martinez said she'll count on the experience from loved ones. 

"My mother, she was a single mom of four. Sisters. My mom is a great role model. My sisters are too. So I look forward to them and I expect to be the same."

Jesus and Edith plan on getting married next year and start their life with Juleanna. 

"So everything happened really quickly. We bought our own home. We started living together. And then now we're starting our own family," said Martinez.

Imperial County / News

Billy Khang

Billy Khang joined KYMA in January of 2018 as a Multimedia Journalist.

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