Meet the first baby born in 2017 in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — 2017 is a time for new beginnings, and one Colorado Springs family is doing just that by welcoming a baby into the world.

Evelyn Gloria Baltazar was the first baby born in the city in 2017.

Brittany Baltazar and her husband Miguel were at a dinner party with friends when the contractions kicked in.

“I said, ‘oh oh,’ and everyone around me said, ‘no, I think you should just rest. Sit down. Drink some water.’ I was like, ‘Nope. We gotta go,'” said Brittany.

It was six weeks before her due date.

“I was in fear that she was going to have complications with her breathing, her heart, her lungs,” said Brittany.

At 4 pounds and 10 ounces, “she has no health complications and she’s a strong little fighter like her mom,” said Brittany.

This is the Baltazars’ fourth child and their first girl, so they wanted to name her something special.

“We wanted to find a name that’s uncommon and I don’t know anybody with the name Evelyn, so I think we succeeded,” said Brittany.

“We never imagined in a million years we would have a baby on New Year’s Day, let alone the first one in Colorado Springs,” said Brittany.

While it’s a big deal for Brittany and Miguel, it’s something Evelyn will be able to cherish for her entire life.

“Very special for her. Definitely a once in a lifetime story,” said Brittany.

Doctors tell the Baltazars that preemie babies have to stay in the NICU until the original due date, which would be around Valentine’s Day for Evelyn, but she might get to go home sooner depending on how she does.

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