Vivian Rayne Travis entered the world Tuesday, just minutes into the 2013, with eyes wide open.
Born at 12:13 a.m. at Memorial Hospital North, Travis was on display less than 14 hours later at a news conference celebrating her as the first baby born in El Paso County in the new year.
“She’s been kind of lively,” her father Richard Travis said while cradling his infant daughter. “Her eyes were open when she first came out.”
Vivian, sporting a stocking hat and wrapped in a blanket, was dwarfed by the 53-inch tall teddy bear given to her by hospital employees.
The blue-eyed baby weighed 7 pounds, 11.4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
“I was hoping for the first New Year’s baby,” Richard Travis said. “My wife was hoping for the last baby of the year.”
The family lives in Colorado Springs. Travis withheld his wife’s name but said she her delivery due date was Monday. Labor was induced shortly before midnight, he said.
When his wife held Vivian, Travis said, “she was ecstatic.”
The couple has four other children — ages 8, 7, 5 and 3 — and Travis said Vivian will be their last.
“All the kids are excited about her coming home,” Travis said. “I showed them pictures about 2 a.m.”
Travis said he got home about 3 a.m., fell asleep around 4:30 and was awakened by his other children at 7:50 a.m. He said it’s “crazier than usual” to have the first baby born in the area.
“We’ll probably take her home Wednesday, maybe Thursday,” he said.
He said a wooden crib awaits the baby, along with lots of stuffed animals and a pink color scheme in her room.
Travis said he is unemployed but expects that to change soon.
“Everything in my life is looking up,” he said. “I hope she’s a good luck baby.”
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