As the clock ticked closer and closer to midnight on Monday evening, many people found themselves among friends and family ushering in the New Year with champagne and celebrations. Meanwhile, Anna and Elliott Garcia, of Ignacio, made the transition from 07 to 08 in the Family Birthing Center at Mercy Regional Medical Center, earning the distincition of having the first birth of the year in the county. Richard Paul Garcia entered the world at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 18 inches from head to toe. Richard, no more than 12 hours into the world, posed for photographs on Tuesday afternoon, competely unaware of his unique beginnings.

Anna Garcia holds Richard Paul Tuesday afternoon in her room at
the Family Birthing Center. Richard gets a grip on the fingers of mother Anna and father
Elliott in between naps. Donations from local businesses fill a bassinet, including a
copy of the ageless classic,Goodnight Moon. Richard Paul Garcia, the first baby of 2008 at Mercy Medic al
Center, gets a bit of shut eye following his notable entry into the
world. aA mix of bracelets adorn the wrist of Anna Garcia, next to a
pamphlet for new mothers. Father Elliott Garcia wraps Richard in his blankets following a
visit from friends.


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