MORRIS – Belen Hernandez knew she was supposed to give birth to her daughter on a holiday, but everyone picked the wrong one. The Morris resident's original due date was Dec. 25.
But Christmas Day came and went and Hernandez did not go into labor. And not on Boxing Day. Or the day after.
Eventually, Hernandez's doctor said they would induce her and the family went to Morris Hospital at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 30. Javier Reyes Meza of Minooka, Olivia's father, said that they passed the time watching TV and trying things like bouncing on the "birthing ball," a rubber ball that is supposed to help induce labor.
But for 27 more hours, still no baby, and the doctor decided to call for a cesarean section.
At 7:24 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 8 pound 13 ounce Olivia Sofia Reyes was born and delivered by Dr. Erik Muraskas.
"We were just happy to see her," Reyes Meza said. "As soon as she came out she was staring at everyone."
Family and friends had been giving them gifts in preparation for their newborn baby. Reyes Meza showed a pacifier they received. It had a black mustache on top, that matched the shock of black hair on Olivia's head.
Less than 24 hours after she was born, Olivia cradled quietly with her mom and dad in the Morris Hospital birthing suites. She wore a shirt that said "Our little tamale."
Olivia is their first child.
"I just want her to be happy in life," Reyes Meza said. "All of the other stuff is whatever. I hope whatever she does, she enjoys it."
Baby Olivia is the granddaughter of Maria and Arthur Beavers, of Morris, Javier Cruz Reyes, of Minooka, and Maria Del Soccoro Meza, of Corning, Calif.
As Grundy County’s first baby of 2019, Olivia received gifts from members of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce, including a gift basket from the United Way of Grundy County, a 52-week subscription to the Morris Herald-News, a gift basket from Hester Street, a photo session from Dutch Girl Photography, a $100 gift certificate from Arloa’s Rockinroe Boutique, products from Mary Kay Cosmetics-Judi Tapella, a free night’s stay from the Holiday Inn Express, a teddy bear and bib from Just Kidding Around, a cuddle bear from Apple Butter & Shugies, a onesie from Buffalo Wild Wings, a $25 gift certificate from the Grundy Chamber of Commerce, a commemorative gift from Harrington Fine Jewelry and a video monitor from Morris Hospital.