Fresh faces: Meet Legacy Silverton’s first boy, girl born in 2019

January 2019 Posted in Community, People

Maria Rios Najar and Osualdo Rios Diaz with their new son, Adriel Rios Najar, the first baby boy born in 2019 on Jan. 1 at Legacy Silverton. Melissa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

Proud parents, Maria Rios Najar and Osualdo Rios Diaz, exude excitement as they peer down into the tiny face of their new son, Adriel, who made his appearance on New Year’s Day at 5:07 p.m. – the first baby boy born at Legacy Silverton Medical Center in 2019

“We have been waiting for him a lot of years,” Najar said. “It’s a miracle. How can something so beautiful be ours?”

The couple, who has been married 18 years, have been trying for a successful pregnancy for 16, but the road has not always been smooth.

“In the beginning the doctor tried to find the heartbeat but he couldn’t find it,” Diaz recalled. “We were crying because we thought it was going to happen again.”

The doctor, suspecting either an ectopic pregnancy or else that the baby was younger than they had originally calculated, sent the pair to the hospital for an ultrasound where the heartbeat became immediately clear.

“They found it right away,” Najar said happily.

The couple decided to name their baby Adriel because, as Najar explained, in Spanish the name means her son will be a hard worker and less susceptible to negative influences.

“I feel it’s unreal,” Najar described, tenderly holding her seven-pound, seven-ounce bundle. “I feel it’s a dream. It’s so exciting for us.”

Although the couple is from Independence, Oregon, they travelled to Silverton because Najar’s medical provider has an office nearby and because they have been so happy with the care they have previously received at the hospital.

“I think this is the best hospital ever,” she said. “And my doctor – I really like him, too.”

Although Diaz will be returning to work after a two week paternity leave, Najar is considering staying at home to care for Adriel full-time.

“This is a miracle and we want to take care of that miracle,” she said.

Also hailing from Independence are Glydes Luna and Pedro Vargas, who became the lucky parents of Eliz Valentina, the first baby girl of 2019 born at Legacy Silverton on Jan. 3 at 3:41 p.m.

“We were very surprised when they told us she was the first of the year,” Vargas laughed, cradling his eight-pound, two-ounce daughter.

Parents to two older children – Ethan, five, and Ixabella, three – the couple are excited about this new introduction into their family.

“She’s the last for us,” Vargas said. “And we’re happy it was here.”  

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