The first two babies born to North County residents in the new year were Turner Joseph Milton Garcia and Kynley Marie Mohamed.
Garcia was the first baby born in the North County at Twin Cities Community Hospital on Jan. 1. He was also the firstborn for proud Paso Roblans Shayni Dougherty and Vicente Garcia.
When asked if they were surprised to have a New Year’s Baby, they said they had hoped it would be.
“Absolutely! We were very excited when we heard his due date was the tenth. We were praying that he was coming on the first,” said Vicente Garcia.
“We were very excited and we didn’t know where we wanted to deliver,” Vicente Garcia said.
But due to some positive experiences beforehand the choice was easy. They were sent to Twin Cities and saw Doctor Shay Thomas for some preventative tests.
“Once we talked to the Nursing staff…. we just fell in love with the place. Of course, we are going to deliver here. Why would we even think twice about it?” Vicente Garcia said.
They decided to see if the old wives tale of eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice helping to kickstart things was true, so, on a whim, Vicente Garcia went to Smart and Final five minutes before it closed on New Year’s Eve and bought some pineapple juice. Dougherty drank some and she started to have contractions around 11:15 p.m. or so and they thought it might just be some Braxton Hicks contractions, but as they got closer together, stronger and steadier, together they realized, “Oh this is actually happening.” In their case the pineapple juice did work. They went to Twin and Dougherty was admitted at 6 p.m. Her water broke after about an hour.
When asked how Dougherty did during the birthing process, Garcia beamed, “She was a rock star and she was in labor for 19 hours and pushed for about an hour. She got an epidural…. it didn’t take and she went from a three to nine without anything.”
Turner Joseph Milton Garcia arrived at 5:59 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 ¼ inches long.
“I just want him to be happy and healthy and to live a good life,” Vicente Garcia
The new parents hope to continue to raise their son, Turner Garcia, in Paso Robles.
“I played sports and did FFA in high school and I wouldn’t imagine having my kid being anywhere else, especially Atascadero,” he said.
Kynley Marie Mohamed was the first baby born at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo and is the first girl for the Mohamed family. Her parents, Lindsey and Marti Mohamed and big brother, Kentyn, age 3, were surprised and excited about baby Kynley’s arrival.
Lindsey and Marti Mohamed met at Cal Poly and decided to stick around after college. Marti Mohamed is originally from Brawley.
“This is the first girl on both sides of our family,” said Lindsey Mohamed. “So we are very excited and she will be very spoiled.”
On New Year’s Eve, around 7:30 p.m. is when things started to happen, Lindsey Mohamed said. She was getting ready for bed when her water broke.
As she called the doctor, bags were packed and the couple dropped their son off at Lindsey’s parent’s house in San Luis Obispo.
She waited to get the epidural. Around 8:30 p.m. they arrived at the hospital and stayed up until midnight and then got some rest. The next day Baby Kynley Mohamed arrived at 2:05 p.m., weighing 6 pounds and 15 ounces and measuring 19 ½ inches long.
Lindsey Mohamed did not expect to have a New Year’s baby though. On Dec. 29 she was dilated by 3 centimeters and 80 percent effaced, but she didn’t think it would happen since it was her second child.
“I was a little shocked she came on New Year’s, but it was a perfect surprise,” Linsey Mohamed said. “My grandfather recently passed away this year and it would’ve been his 90th birthday on the first. So she came instead so they get to share a birthday. It was really special.”
Lindsey Mohamed is originally from San Luis Obispo and was very comfortable with Sierra Vista Hospital for her place to deliver as it was the hospital she was born in along with her firstborn. It’s her community hospital, she said.
When the Mohameds were asked what their hopes and dreams are for baby Kynley, Marti Mohamed said, “That she’s healthy, happy and that she is going to fit into our family just perfect and that we get some sleep tonight.”
“It’s the perfect way to start out the new year….the best gift!” said Lindsey Mohamed as their family drove back to their home in Atascadero, where big brother Kentyn couldn’t wait to see his little sister and play with her before his bedtime.