Tucumcari parents Nicole and Adrian Chavarria hold Angelina, the first baby born in Clovis for the new year.
CLOVIS — The Chavarria family wasn’t expecting a new arrival until later in the new year. But on Sunday, the Tucumcari family greeted the new year, as well as their daughter, Angelina.
Nicole Chavarria, 26, was scheduled for induced labor on Thursday, but Angelina seemed to have a schedule all of her own.
“I think it is a blessing,” said father Adrian Chavarria on Monday evening, as his two other children, as well as an adopted teen, played with their new sibling in their Tucumcari home.
“We were not really expecting it,” said Chavarria, 32, whose wife went into labor around 3 a.m. on Saturday.
The couple drove two hours to the Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis where all 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and 20 inches of Angelina was born, no less than eight hours after their arrival.
Hospital officials said Angelina was the first baby born there in 2006.
No new year’s babies had been delivered in Tucumcari’s Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital by Tuesday. Hospital officials said the facility averages 55 to 60 deliveries per year. Three women are expecting within the next week or so, according to Director of Nurses Frances Peterson.
The Clovis-born baby’s mother said the New Year’s baby has inherited her father’s lips and her sibling’s features.
“We named her Angelina because she is our little angel,” said Angelina’s father.
The name, he said, also adheres to the “a” theme the couple established prior to Angelina’s birth. Her siblings also share the first letter of the alphabet: Brother Antonio is 6 years old, and sister Alexandra is 5.
Chavarria said he hopes for more children, although his wife is a little less enthusiastic.
“If you want more, we can adopt,” the mother tartly responded.
On a more serious note, the couple said they love the spirit and playful nature of children. The Chavarrias also spend their work days with children as employees of TeamBuilders, a counseling agency for families and children.
Quay County Sun Managing Editor Ryn Gargulinski contributed to this report.