First 2007 babies arrive

Edison Kim holds his new son Caleb while Elijah, 4, grabs a snack and Samuel, 2, hugs mom, Michelle. Caleb was born at 10:12 a.m. Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

For a few Clovis families, the new year ushered in new babies.

Four babies were delivered at Plains Regional Medical Center as of Monday afternoon.

“It’s the most wonderful gift in the world,” said father Edison Kim of his tiny son.
“It’s such an awesome surprise,” he said, his eyes fixed on his newborn son Caleb, who lay cradled in his arms.

Born at 10:12 a.m., Caleb is his fourth son. He is a brother to Jarrell, 15, Elijah, 4, and Samuel 2.

The boys were introduced to their brother Monday afternoon. Elijah and Samuel bounced around the hospital room, showering their mother, Michelle, with hugs and kisses.

Elijah brushed a hand gently across his newest brother’s face.

Kim is employed with the Cannon Air Force Base medical group and the family arrived in Clovis six weeks ago from Alaska.

In a room down the hall, Stephanie Sena celebrated the birth of her third child, Noah. He is a brother to Joshua, 5, and Noel, 1.

Noah arrived an hour and 11 minutes after Caleb at 11:23 a.m.

Sena was in labor for more than 12 hours.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” she said, her family stationed by the door and on chairs in her hospital room.

“It’s gonna be hard,” she said of raising three young children. “But I have lots of family to help me.”

Two hours and 17 minutes after the birth of Noah came the birth of Serenity at 1:40 p.m.

Serenity is the first child of couple Racheal Irizarry and Brad Szelazkiewicz.

Being a new mother brings many emotions, Irizarry said.

She said she’s “a little scared” at the prospect, but also “overjoyed. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” the 24-year-old said.

Standing by his wife’s side with his little girl in his arms, Szelazkiewicz said he hopes for “a healthy, happy, prosperous life,” for Serenity, whose name the couple chose on a fishing outing at Ned Houk Park in Clovis.

Kalyn Pinedo, a nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, said parents whose babies are delivered on New Year’s Day usually regard the birth as special.

“They are happy to deliver on that day,” Pinedo said.

For the PRMC maternity ward, the first day of 2007 was relatively quiet. Pinedo said delivering four babies in one day is a “fairly slow” day for the ward.

One family of the the four that had babies born on New Year’s declined to comment for this story, according to PRMC staff. That family’s baby was the first born on New Year’s.