SEASIDE — Providence Seaside Hospital welcomed its first baby of the new year when an Astoria mother delivered her son early last week.
Nina Cervantes, 19, arrived at the hospital at noon Jan. 3 and about 13 hours later, at 1:01 a.m. on Jan. 4, she gave birth to Gregory Michael Haskins, an 8-pound, 13-ounce boy.
Gregory was born about three weeks prior to his Jan. 26 due date. Cervantes said she hoped he might arrive Jan. 3, the day Alaska was granted statehood, as Gregory’s father, 24-year-old Garrett Haskins, is originally from Alaska. Nonetheless, she said, she is “very relieved he’s here now.” As an expecting mother, she added, “you’re always worried” about complications with the pregnancy and other things. Now she can rest easy, and focus on caring for her first-born baby.
“I feel so enveloped in love,” she said.
Dr. Dominique Greco attended the birth. Stephanie Cervantes, Cervantes’ mother and a registered respiratory therapist at the hospital, was there to support Cervantes during the delivery, along with Haskins.
January already was a busy month for the couple. They moved apartments in Astoria; Haskins finished setting up the new place while Cervantes took care of delivering Gregory.
Cervantes said 2015 was “a really great year,” and 2016 promises to be so, as well. She was attending Clatsop Community College part time in the fall of 2015 and was scheduled to start new classes for the winter term this week. Gregory’s early arrival, however, will delay her return until the spring term, which gives her three months to enjoy her son and start getting him on a schedule, she said.
The couple chose the name Gregory so their son’s first initial would match his father’s; Gregory also assumed his father’s middle name.
Haskins, who works at Sahara Pizza in Astoria, said he anticipates Gregory, who is “a big boy already,” will be a basketball player someday.
About becoming a first-time father, he said, “I’m so stoked.”