Danielle Randolph definitely did not plan to have the first baby born in San Luis Obispo County in 2016 — in fact, she was hoping her baby boy would make his appearance before 2015 came to a close.
“I was praying to have the baby on the 31st,” said a tired Randolph, 23, who gave birth to Aiden Christopher Webb at 12:52 a.m. at French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. “I was so ready to be done.”
Aiden, who was born nearly a week after his due date, was 9 pounds, 15 ounces, with chubby cheeks, pretty blue eyes and a short head of hair resembling a buzz cut, said Randolph and the baby’s grandmother, Carrie Delos Santos.
A congratulatory gift basket for the first-time mom from the nurses sat on a nearby table, filled with baby toys and other items.
“It was a little more painful than most New Year’s Eves,” said Randolph, a senior majoring in music at Cal Poly. “I certainly wasn’t having any party.”
Aiden experienced some respiratory problems shortly after birth and was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center about 4:30 a.m., Randolph said.
Delos Santos, who visited him there Friday, said Aiden was breathing without assistance. She held Aiden and sent a photo to Randolph, who texted back: “He’s looking great. Take him and go.”
When asked what she planned to do once reunited with her son, Randolph said: “I’m just going to hold him for a long time.”