Little Juliana Grace Navarro was due to be born Jan. 10. Then her mother's doctor decided to induce labor for a week earlier.
Juliana apparently decided to make her entrance a bit more notable. The daughter of Daniel and Annette Navarro of Grain Valley was born at 9:52 a.m., Monday, New Year's Day, at Centerpoint Medical Center – one of the first babies of 2018 in Jackson County.
“She wanted to be like her cousins and sister and be born on a holiday,” Annette Navarro said, noting her oldest daughter was born on Mother's Day, and she has a niece born on April Fool's Day and a nephew born on Halloween.
“I actually thought I would be going in the day before New Year's Eve; I started contracting but then it stopped,” Annette said. Instead, after her water broke in the early morning hours Monday, she woke up her husband and her two daughters, ages 16 and 8, to go to the hospital.
“They're very excited about it, because it was not planned,” she said of her daughters getting a little sister. “They didn't want to spend Christmas in the hospital, but my oldest didn't want her to be born before that because she had finals.
“They were up playing games all night (on New Year's Eve); they didn't think she was going to come.”
The first baby born in Jackson County this year was Logan Garcia, born to Mayra Gonzales and Sergio Garcia at 12:08 a.m., Monday, at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. A minute later, another baby was born at North Kansas City Hospital. St. Luke's East in Lee's Summit had a baby born at 1:43 a.m., later that morning.