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Parents tell hopes, dreams for end-of-the year babies

December 31, 2001|By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH, Staff Writer

When you're so tiny and new to this world, all you want is to be kept warm, safe and well-fed.

Though for the proud new parents of these little bundles, the wish list is understandably a little broader in scope.

Just one day short of the new year, parents of some of the last babies to be born at El Centro Regional Medical Center in 2001 spoke of their hopes and dreams for their children in the new year and the years to come.

Gently cuddling her newborn son and smiling at her husband, Richard Ramos, seated beside her, Jayme Storm of El Centro said she wished for "Health first, above everything else" for Saige, who was born Sunday in the women's center at the hospital.

Paternal grandmother Elsa Moss of San Bernardino echoed her daughter-in-law in wishing for a healthy life for Saige, who is her second grandchild.


Growing somber for a moment, Moss added that she hopes that "as he grows up, everything will be safe in the world and not so crazy as it is now."

In a room down the hallway, Lucila McCracken of Seeley waited for her baby to be fetched from the nursery.

Born in the early hours of Monday, Mariah McCracken sleepily opened her eyes as she was handed over to her proud mom.

McCracken, whose husband was out of the room at the time she was interviewed by a reporter, will begin the new year with her thoughts on raising her newborn and finding a job to better support her daughter.

She has been volunteering in the field of early childhood development with the Calworks program while looking for work.

"I want to give her a better life. I wish I had a job," she said.

And then there is little baby Jimenez, who surprised everybody by not waiting until the new year to make her debut.

Her mother, Cinthia Jimenez of Calexico, admitted that her daughter's unexpected early arrival before 2002 had caught her still working on a list of possible names.

With nurse Sarah Conner acting as interpreter, Jimenez — whose husband also was out of the room when she was interviewed — spoke of her hopes for her tiny daughter.

"I wish her to be healthy, to study a lot and get a good education."

After pausing for a moment to look at her daughter sleeping quietly in her arms, Jimenez smiled and added, "That's more than enough to wish for."

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