A special delivery at AVH | AspenTimes.com

A special delivery at AVH

Sarah S. Chung

At 8:56 a.m. Saturday, many folks in Aspen were sleeping in, or sleeping it off, after a night of celebration, but for the Morales family of Carbondale, the celebration was just beginning.

That’s when Ezequial Morales was born into the world at Aspen Valley Hospital.

AVH staffers were expecting the Moralez infant to be their first delivery of the new year, but Ezequial’s mother, Maria, was still surprised when contractions started at 5:25 a.m. Saturday.

“My doctor kept telling me that he was coming on the first, but I didn’t believe it,” Maria said. “I kept shaking my head and saying it was too soon.”

In fact on Friday morning, Maria, experiencing no signs of labor, took a day trip to Grand Junction. Fortunately, she was back in Carbondale Friday evening and Ezequial’s delivery couldn’t have gone more smoothly the next morning.

Morales and her husband, Isirdo Contrares, arrived at AVH at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. About 90 minutes later, Ezequial was born.

Normally the hospital gives a $100 savings bond to the first baby of the new year. But it’s not every day a baby is born on the first day of a new millennium.

So the hospital decided to up the annual prize to a $500 savings bond and a $25 hospital gift certificate. In addition, local photographer Eileen Lewis will donate a photo session to the family.

In a few days Ezequial will join his brothers and sisters, Gabriella, 10; Christopher, 4; Isirdo, 2; and Maria, 1; in their Carbondale home.

“We’re very happy,” said the proud mother. “Most people don’t even get to see the first day of a thousand years. To be born on that first day is something special.”

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