MODESTO — He wasnt expected to arrive so soon, but Joshua Pineda became Stanislaus Countys first baby of 2014. He was born at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday at Modestos Memorial Medical Center.
This is very exciting for us, said his happy mother, Noemi Pineda of Modesto, who is a medical assistant for Golden Valley Health Centers. She and her husband, U.S. Navy veteran Joseph Pineda, also have an 8-year-old son, Anthony.
Joshua was a healthy 7 pounds and 18.5 inches long, but he was about two weeks ahead of schedule. Noemi Pineda said complications arose on New Years Eve, requiring her to undergo an emergency Caesarean section.
Joshua arrived about a half-hour before a child born at Modestos Doctors Medical Center, and babies were born a couple hours later at Turlocks Emanuel and Modestos Kaiser hospitals.
There were nearly 7,640 births in Stanislaus County last year, for an average of about 21 newborns per day.
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