Steamboat baby's birth celebrated

Joanna Marie Almeida was hospital's first baby delivered in 2007

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Liana Martin was scheduled to give birth at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but her daughter insisted on arriving early.

Joanna Marie Almeida was born at 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, making her the first baby of the new year at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Martin and Joseph Almeida of Oak Creek had scheduled a C-section for 1 p.m. Tuesday because Joanna was breeched, but Martin went into labor at approximately 4 a.m. and delivered Joanna nearly two hours later.

On Tuesday afternoon, Joanna was bundled in a blanket, alert but quiet. Martin said she hadn't stopped staring at Joanna. Joanna is Martin's first child.

"She's real mellow," Martin said, holding her daughter.

Joanna weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Joanna has one brother and three sisters, including twin sisters who turned 17 on Tuesday, the same day Joanna was born.

"I love them," father Joseph said when asked about having four daughters. "I love kids."

Despite having "a long list" of names for their newborn, Liana and Joseph spent nearly the entire day Tuesday trying to decide on a name before finally selecting Joanna.

"We put Joe and Liana together," Martin said.

Martin and Almeida knew they were having a daughter, opting to find out as soon as possible, so "we could start preparing," Almeida said. "She's got a lot of pink stuff."

Other than being uncomfortable, Martin said her pregnancy went well, and there were no complications during delivery.

She did have one craving.

"I needed a soda every day," Martin said.

YVMC traditionally prepares a special dinner for parents of a newborn, and Martin and Almeida hadn't decided what they wanted or when they wanted the dinner, but they were looking forward to picking from such options as steak or salmon.

Mindy Fontaine also presented Almeida with Chamber Bucks to be used in Steamboat as a special gift for having the New Year's Baby.

Joanna's grandparents are Frinda Galey of Oak Creek and Glen Shaffer of Craig.

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