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Watertown welcomes first baby of 2024

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A baby girl named Aurora made her way into the world at 7:56 a.m. Monday morning at Samaritan Medical Center. The little one with a soft, round face and tiny red mouth just slightly open, slept peacefully in her mother’s arms on New Year’s Day, knowing that she was going to be a winner.

She had already taken first place in something — being the first baby born in Watertown in 2024. Her parents Carissa and Vin Cafer said that the timing came as a surprise to them.

Carissa, with the instinct only a mother has, had a feeling that something was going to happen soon, even though Aurora wasn’t expected until Jan. 9.

“I had a weird feeling yesterday, like for some reason, I was like, ‘watch it’s going to happen today,'” she said.

“It’s funny, I kept saying I wanted her to be born on New Year’s Eve so her birthday would be one two three, one two three,” she added.

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Formerly Homeless Hero Stops Runaway Baby Stroller Moments Before it Rolls into Traffic

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In the town of Hesperia, California, a great aunt watched helplessly as a baby stroller was carried by a gust of wind toward a busy street.

It was then that a good samaritan loitering outside a car wash named Ron Nessman reacted quickly to avert the disaster—all the while his heroics were being captured by a surveillance camera from the car wash.

The speed limit on Bear Valley Road in Hesperia is 40 miles per hour, but with three lanes in each direction, it’s hardly pedestrian friendly.

“Didn’t even have time to think about it, you just react,” Nessman told local news. “She sees the child going into the street, and that’s all she sees, she can’t do nothing.”

Indeed, in trying to catch the stroller she fell hard on the blacktop. Though homeless, Nessman has nieces and nephews whom he loves, and couldn’t imagine the lady must have been feeling.

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First north country baby of 2023 born at Samaritan Medical Center

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Jan. 2—WATERTOWN — The north country’s first baby of 2023 wasted no time arriving on the scene.

Little Julian J. Vega came into the world at 1:38 a.m. on New Year’s Day, 21 days early, after only two hours of painful labor catching first-time mother Hayley Wood-Rutten, 20, of Watertown, by surprise. He weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces.

Although the baby was planned, Ms. Wood-Rutten said she “did the math not long ago” and realized that she was pregnant about 10 days before she and her boyfriend Jonathan J. Vega had decided they wanted to try to have a child together, so even conception was ahead of schedule.

On New Year’s Eve, Ms. Wood-Rutten and grandmother Linda M. Baker went to a gathering where they played games and sang karaoke. After a fun evening, Ms. Wood-Rutten said she went home, went to bed and at 11:11 p.m., her water broke.

Because she didn’t have any contractions, she called her grandmother, drove to her house and they went together to Samaritan.

“I’m excited. I always wanted to be a mom,” Ms. Wood-Rutten said on Sunday afternoon while cuddling her New Year’s Day baby with Mrs. Baker sitting in a chair by her side, “I’ve always had that maternal instinct. I just think if there was one thing I was meant to be, it’s a mom, before anything else.”

She added that it is “that unconditional love between a mom and her kid” that attracted her to motherhood and she is already feeling that deep love for Julian.

Mrs. Baker has also been by her granddaughter’s side, taking care of her and her two sisters since Ms. Wood-Rutten was 3 years old.

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