Anchorage's first baby of 2018 arrives at ANMC

Valya Warner is Anchorage's first baby of 2018.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On New Year’s Day, many people are making resolutions to get organized, be healthier, and do other things to enhance their lives, but for one of Alaska’s newest residents, meeting a schedule is something that seems to have come naturally.

"She's an eater, she likes to sleep, she's already got her schedule down," says Rene Warner of her daughter Valya.

Valya is, as far as Channel 2 can tell, the first baby born in Anchorage in 2018. She came into the world at Alaska Native Medical Center at 2:07 a.m. on January 1.

"We were joking around about it," Valya's father, Richard, said Monday. "I told my wife if she was born on New Year's I'd tease her every year and say the fireworks are her birthday present."

The Warners live on St. Paul Island, and Rene has been in Anchorage since November -- first for work, and then she stayed in expectation that the baby would soon come.

Valya is their fifth child. Big sister Arianna says she's looking forward to teaching Valya how to play basketball. The second-oldest Warner says she was also hoping for her sister to be born on the last day of 2017.

"I was hoping she would be born yesterday so she could hear the fireworks," Arianna said.

The family went Downtown Sunday evening to watch the Anchorage fireworks show together. Richard Warner says after they returned to a sister's house, Rene got a headache, and as they monitored her, they called the hospital, which told them to come in to get checked out.

"It was a shock. We came to the hospital, monitored her a bit and the nurses and doctors told us we were going to deliver a baby tonight," Richard told Channel 2 Monday.

Providence Alaska Medical Center's first baby delivery of 2018 was a few hours later just before 9 a.m.

Alaska Regional Hospital's first baby of the year was born at 10:50 a.m.

A spokesperson for the hospital on JBER was not available Monday to find out if a New Year's baby was born on base.

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