GLEN DALE - The first baby born in the Ohio Valley in 2013 is the daughter of two soldiers.
Naomi Estelle Rios, the daughter of Ashlee and Ashley Lynn Rios of Wheeling, entered the world at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale. She weighed 7-pounds, 9-ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.
The Rios hadn't expected their daughter to be born for another week, and had hoped she would have the birth date of Jan. 7 - the same as her father's.
Photo by Joselyn King
Ashley Lynn Rios of Wheeling holds her new daughter, Naomi Estelle Rios, the first baby born in the Ohio Valley for 2013.
But Ashley Lynn Rios said that at about 11 a.m. Monday, she knew the baby was on its way and she was later admitted to the hospital.
"Just as the ball was dropping at midnight, the doctor came in and told me to push," she said. "Eighteen minutes later, she was born. All I kept thinking was I didn't even get to make my pork and sauerkraut before I left. I still have all the stuff at home."
The Rios have two other young children, and just two months ago moved back to the area after being stationed for seven years at Schofield Army Base in Oahu, Hawaii.
Ashley Lynn Rios is a native of McMechen, while Ashlee Rios was born on an American Indian reservation in California.
Their son, Andre, 3, was born locally, while daughter Alani, 14, was born in Hawaii.
Both parents now are transitioning out of their military careers, and planning to set down roots locally. Ashley Rios served as a .50-caliber gunner, while Ashlee Rios was a cavalry scout.
The baby is the granddaughter of Sheila and Rod Gamble of McMechen and Stella Rios of California. She is also the great-granddaughter of Jim Marsh of McMechen.
Nurses at Trinity Medical Center in Steubenville reported three babies were born there Tuesday: a girl at 12:59 a.m., a girl at 7:10 a.m., and a boy at 11:19 a.m.
There were no births reported at Wheeling Hospital, Ohio Valley Medical Center, East Ohio Regional Hospital or Weirton Medical Center by Tuesday afternoon.