Kaleb Morales came into this world at 7:23 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2011 weighing six pounds and 15 ounces and measuring at 20 inches. He is the first baby to be born in The Family Birthing Center at Barton Memorial Hospital in 2011.
“We knew he was coming soon,” said Kaleb’s mother, Yuliana Morales. “We were kind of on the fence about his birthday being on Jan. 1, but that’s not something you can help. It’s exciting though, we did not think he would be the New Year baby, because my due date was January 5.”
Both parents are South Lake Tahoe Natives. Francisco Morales, 33, was born and raised in Tahoe and Yuliana, 26, has lived here since she was a child. Francisco is a welder and Yuliana works at a local time share business.
“I am really looking forward to being a mother,” she said.
But when asked if she is considering having another baby she said, “Not anytime soon, we want to wait a few years and then see.”
They found out they were having a boy when Yuliana was in her second tri-mester and knew they were naming him Kaleb as they walked through the hospital doors.
“We had been having contractions for a couple of days, came in that morning and I was not ready yet,” she said. “Soon we came back to the hospital and 30-minutes-later Kaleb was born.”
Francisco smiled when he said he was very proud of his wife. He said she was really brave and she was up and walking minutes after Kaleb was born.
“At that point it’s such a relief and you’re so excited to see your baby,” Yuliana said.
“My doctor [Dr. Caroline Habaradas, OB/GYN] was wonderful and all of the nurses here at the hospital, they were very attentive and helpful,” she said.
The couple thought it was important to spend some time together before Kaleb was born.
“We did as much as possible together; lots of dinners and time alone,” Yuliana said. “We knew what was ahead of us and Francisco took me on a fun helicopter ride around Emerald Bay and dinner at The Flight Deck when I was about five-months-pregnant.”
Now the new parents can enjoy more time together and Kaleb can reap the benefits from more than a dozen gifts from local merchants. More than $850 in goods and services was donated to the Morales’ family and the South Shore’s first child of the year is getting a jump on his college fund in the form of a savings account from El Dorado Savings Bank.
Kaleb’s footprint will be immortalized on Barton Memorial’s wall with a Footprint Medallion, courtesy of the Barton Foundation. When Yuliana and Francisco need another romantic getaway, Embassy Suites Resort donated a one-night stay in a luxurious suite.
Thran’s flowers threw in a bouquet of fresh flowers. Gift certificates from DIY Home Center, Tahoe Valley Pharmacy, Ernie’s Coffee Shop, one-month-memberships to Sierra Athletic Club and Kahle Community Center and gifts from Cathy Vogelgesang of Barton’s Auxiliary and Barton Auxiliary Gift Shop and many other generous gifts were provided to the family.