Having the first baby of the year is a little bit of heaven for a Los Banos couple.
The child's name, "Nevaeh," is "heaven" spelled backwards.
"She's my little angel," said Nicole Perez of her 6-pound-5-ounce daughter, who measured 19 inches long.
Nevaeh Rae Coronel was born at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Hospital Los Banos. She was a few days early.
"My due date was (Jan.) 6, but I knew it was going to be at least a couple days before that," said Perez on Wednesday. "Ever since I got pregnant, I thought it would be around Christmas."
Originally from Morgan Hill, the 20-year-old Perez said she grew up in Los Banos.
First-time father Raymundo Coronel was beaming. The construction worker said having Los Banos' first baby of 2013 is special.
"I grew up in Los Banos, my whole life," Coronel, 21, said. "So, it means a lot."
The pregnancy was not without complications.
Perez said she learned early on that Nevaeh could have a chromosomal disorder, which turned out to be Turner syndrome. That disorder, which occurs only in females and comes from an incomplete X chromosome, could have meant a slew of complications for baby Nevaeh.
"But, she's really healthy and there's no signs of it," Perez said. "They said that she's completely fine."
Regina Perez, 23, was also nearby Wednesday, looking at photos of her newborn niece on a tablet computer.
The new mother said she wants Nevaeh to grow up healthy, graduate from college, get a good job "and support me when I'm old," she joked.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.