SLO County’s first infant of the new year

Alyssa and Justin Waldron rang in the new year with their newborn, Amelia Anne Waldron, at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton — the first baby born in San Luis Obispo County in 2010.

After arriving at the hospital about 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Alyssa Waldron gave birth at 12:20 a.m. Friday.

Amelia Anne is the Waldrons’ first baby. She was born one week early, weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Alyssa Waldron, originally from Texas, and Justin Waldron, from New Mexico, moved from Fort Gordon in Georgia to Camp Roberts north of Paso Robles.

During the cross-country drive, they stopped in Clovis, N.M. to get married. Both are privates first class in the Army.

“I’m really tired but doing well, and we’re excited to finally meet her,” Alyssa Waldron said. “It’s been a long nine months.”

Although ultrasounds were done during the pregnancy, the baby’s gender was never confirmed because she was crossing her legs.

Alyssa Waldron thought the baby would be a girl, so when the couple started thinking about a name, they considered Alyssa’s family tradition of giving girls a name starting with the letter A.

They hope to take their new bundle of joy home today.