03 Jan 2019
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
FOUR babies were born on the first day of 2019.
Alei’a Borja Pangelinan was the third infant delivered at the Commonwealth Health Center at 6:35 a.m. The first and second babies were delivered at 2:45 a.m. and 3:40 a.m., but their parents declined to be interviewed and did not authorize the hospital to provide information about them.
The fourth baby, Ethan Zack Tindoc, was delivered at 2:55 p.m. His parents are Paola May and Vincent Tindoc.
Weighing 7 lbs., Alei’a is the eighth child of Rose Marie Borja, 33, and Vincent Pangelinan, 37, of Dandan.
“We are looking forward to see her grow,” Pangelinan said. “Everyone is excited to see her — especially her siblings.”
“It’s always noisy in our house,” Rose Marie said, “but it’s also always fun.”
Having a big family, she added, is good for the mental growth of her children.
She said “the younger ones mature fast because they copy their older siblings.”
Vincent and Rose Marie have three boys and five girls.
Rose Marie said she is now discussing the use of contraceptives with her doctor. “We don’t want to expect baby number 9 soon,” she added.
She said she had tried pills and Depo-Provera. “They are both effective. But with oral pills, sometimes I forget to take them.” As for Depo-Provera, she said it tends to make her “skinny.”
Rose Marie said she was supposed to give birth on Jan. 4, but her water broke on New Year’s Day. She said they went to the hospital at 2:35 a.m.
“After two hours of labor, I gave birth to Alei’a,” she said, adding that she gave birth to all of her eight children through normal delivery.
On Wednesday, Marianas Pacific Distributor Inc. or Marpac brought gifts for baby Alei’a and her mother. The mother and daughter received baby products and supplies, including diapers and baby formula.
According Tom Basa, Marpac consumer manager, it is the company’s annual tradition to honor the first baby born on New Year’s Day.
He said the parents of the first two babies of the new year “refused to sign the waiver form and they also don’t agree with some terms.”
“For baby Alei’a, enjoy 2019,” Basa said, adding that Marpac wishes that all the children will be healthy.
Vincent and Rose Marie thanked Marpac for the gifts.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109778-4-babies-born-on-new-year-s-day-2019-01-03