Penn State St. Joseph welcomes Berks' 1st baby of 2018

Reading Hospital's 1st baby born on January 2

BERN TWP., Pa. - Berks County welcomed the first baby of 2018 less than two hours into the new year.

Jonathan Saez was born at 1:52 a.m. New Year's Day at Penn State St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township, weighing 6 pounds, 6.7 ounces and measuring 18-1/2 inches. One thing that can't be measured is the happiness he's brought to the family.

"It's a blessing. so we're going to have a new year's and a birthday all in one," said paternal grandmother Lisa Saez.

"I did not expect it. I was at home playing Xbox," said the father, Joshua Saez.

And mom was nearly speechless.

"Joy. Happy." said Jayme Buck, as she held her newborn.

"Very joyful. Happy to finally see him," said maternal grandmother Dawn Buck.

"It's really awesome," said nurse Kristy Evans. "Honestly, we're a smaller birthing center, so to get something like the first baby of the year. It's pretty cool."

The baby was actually due on January 2 but everyone was happy to have him here early.

"Crazy. It's crazy," Jayme Buck said.

"That's exciting. I'm quite proud of her," Dawn Buck said.

Mom said she's up for the challenge, as she's had plenty of practice.

"It's not really an experience for me, because I have so many nieces and nephews in the family, so I'm kinda used to it already," Jayme Buck said.

It's also special for hospital staff, as Reading Hospital in West Reading traditionally welcomes in the first baby into Berks County.

"It's really awesome. Honestly, we're a smaller birthing center, so to get something like the first baby of the year, it's pretty cool," said registered nurse Kristy Evans with Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center.

On a cold New Year’s Day, a quiet corner of the hospital gave a warm welcome to a baby boy and hope for a great 2018.

"Oh my God. It's, I'm gonna cry. It's unreal," said paternal grandmother Lisa Saez.

"Everyone's happy. It's a fresh start, new year," Evans said. "We're ready to get moving and see what this year has to bring."

Reading Hospital's first baby of 2018 held off until the second day of the new year, being born at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday.

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