Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 | 4:56 p.m.
A family of three welcomed a new addition to the household this morning when Nevada’s first baby of the new year was born at 12:30 a.m. on Nellis Air Force Base.
U.S. Army Capt. Ryan Gavin and his wife, Dianna, were aglow this afternoon as they held their daughter, Alexis LeAna Gavin, who was born at the base’s Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital.
“I’m happy she’s here,” Dianna Gavin said while holding her daughter in her arms. “It’s a great way to start out the new year.”
Alexis, who was born three weeks early, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19.25-inches long.
Dianna Gavin said she visited the hospital on the morning of Dec. 31 because there was a possibility Alexis could be born breech. She said the doctor tried to turn the baby and she was sent home to rest.
Later on in the evening, she said, she was watching New Year’s Eve celebrations on television at home when she went into labor.
“We were just hanging out and getting ready for bed and it happened,” Ryan Gavin said.
He said Alexis is his second child and first girl. Her 3-year-old brother, Edward, is excited and wants to help out, Ryan Gavin said.
“It’s the dream, and we’ve got a set now with a boy and a girl,” he said. “It’s perfect.”
Following Alexis’ arrival into the world, a 26-year-old Henderson woman gave birth to the second baby of the new year at 2:05 a.m. in Sunrise Hospital.
Jennie Love said she wasn’t due until Wednesday but was hoping for a holiday baby. Her newborn son, Anjeles, weighed 7 pounds and was 18 ¾-inches long.
“I feel blessed that we’re going to start the new year off good,” Love said.
She said she was also at home watching New Year’s festivities on the Strip when she went into labor.
Love said Anjeles is her third child and only boy. She said she named him Anjeles because all of her children have names with an angel theme.
“I hope that he’s going to be a strong and kind person to everyone,” she said. “He’s a little cutie.”