Solano County’s first baby of 2021 is a little girl, Ma’ave.
Born at 1:11 a.m. at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, Ma’ave weighed 6.5 pounds and measured 19 inches.
Her proud parents are Levalasi Loi-On and Andrew Va’i of Vacaville.
NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield welcomed Michael and Kathleen Diaz’s first child — 7 pound, 2 ounce Lucas — at 7:09 a.m., as the second baby born in the New Year.
Mother and child “are very healthy and doing well,” said hospital supervisor Melinda Kabathit.
Barely an hour later at 8:13 a.m., a baby was born at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo. The child and parents’ names were not released.
There were no New Year’s Day births at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo and “nobody’s in labor” as of late Friday morning, reported hospital spokesperson Liz Madison.
“It’s a slow day at Sutter Solano,” said Madison.
The county’s first baby born in 2021 “is a new blessing, for sure,” her mom said via a phone interview Friday.
Loi-On and Va’i moved to Vacaville from San Francisco in October and settled in with Va’i’s parents to wait for the arrival of their first child.
It’s been a tough nine months, but the parents are overjoyed that Ma’ave — who is named for Loi-On’s sister, who died when Loi-On was younger — is finally here.
“I had a really difficult pregnancy,” Loi-On said. “I had COVID in my first trimester, gestational diabetes in my second trimester and preeclampsia in my third.”
The couple arrived at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center on Wednesday and Loi-On was later induced as she showed signs of preeclampsia.
“I didn’t start pushing until 11 o’clock,” Loi-On said. “She was born at 1:11 at 1/1/21.”
Due to complications following the birth, baby Ma’ave mostly spent time with her dad. On Friday, mom and baby were both doing fine.
“I think she looks like him,” Loi-On shared.
“She’s got my nose,” Va’i chimed in.
The family is expected to be released from the hospital on Saturday.
Both expect to enjoy ample quiet time with their daughter, as they’re both educators and work from home.
Loi-On works at San Francisco State University and teaches at City College of San Francisco while Va’i works at City College of San Francisco and teaches at Chabot College.
There will be much celebrating, though safely, Va’i said.
“We’re super blessed to have a loving community. They’re just super excited for us,” he said. “I know everybody’s excited for us.”
Though an in-person shower wasn’t a possibility due to the pandemic, the couple’s community nonetheless tallied around them during Loi-On’s pregnancy and gave them an abundance of gifts.
The couple also thanked the Kaiser staff for their care.
“Our main experience at Kaiser has been amazing” Loi-On said. “They’re taking good care of us.”
— Richard Freedman contributed to this article