LA welcomes first baby of 2013

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By Tris DeRoma

Apparently, this year’s baby New Year couldn’t wait to get here. Mom Juli Miller was watching a movie New Year’s Eve when their latest bundle of joy, James Miller, decided he couldn’t wait until February to make his grand entrance. Dad, Joshua Miller, was painting the nursery when it was time to go.


According to Miller, James made his appearance at 9:27 a.m. New Year’s Day at the Los Alamos Medical Center. She also said this time, they knew it was going to be a boy.

“We checked this time,” Juli said.

Joshua Miller said the baby is named after his dad. 

Though they planned the name and found out the sex ahead of time, James still had a few tricks up his sleeve, the parents said.

“We always joked that would be fun, but we never thought he’d come now,” Juli said of James’ early arrival. “He wasn’t supposed to be here until February.” 

According to Juli, James weighed in at five pounds and three ounces, and he’s 18 inches long.

“As one of my daughters said, he’s about as tall as an American Girl doll,”  Juli joked.

While baby James rests and recuperates in another room, Juli has a room to herself nearby. Occasionally she and Joshua and the rest of the family will go visit James for a little bit. 

“The hospital said I could stay, just as long as things don’t get too busy,” Juli said. Keeping Juli and Joshua company were their other children: Sophi, 8; Anna, 7; Stewart, 4; and Naomi, 2.

Juli and Joshua said they weren’t the only ones caught off guard, their entire network of friends and family were as well. Juli said no one has been able to come help until next week.

“Josh is taking the next two weeks off so we should be okay,” Juli said.

She said despite James being a newborn, mom and baby have already developed a special bond.

“They asked me yesterday what his name was, and I said I was going to name him James,” she said. “He then immediately opened his eyes and he looked at me. I think he knows his name already.”

Besides family and friends, the hospital staff, as well as the Hospital Auxiliary of LAMC also have been doing their best to welcome James into the world. Yesterday, staff presented the baby with a special New Year’s party hat just for him, and the auxiliary presented the proud parents with a $100 check, as well as commemorative bib for James to mark the occasion.

According to the president of the auxiliary Carol Pyburn, the group has been carrying on the New Years baby tradition long before she joined. 

 “We’ve been doing it for 18 years for sure and probably long before that,” Pyburn said.