Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Lydia Grace was born at the MMC in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES – Lydia Grace Savage was born in early January 2022 – the first baby to be born on New Years Day at Memorial Medical Center.

Lydia was born on January 1st at 3:41 am, according to a social media post from MMC. She was about a week early, weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length.

Lydia’s mother, Evelyn Savage, 25, said she started labor around 2:30 a.m. that morning. The labor was progressing so fast that the baby was almost born in the car when she and her husband Jonah Savage, 25, drove to the hospital.

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“Everyone was really cute and picked me up right away … and within five minutes of she walking into my room, she was outside,” said Evelyn. “It was a very quick birth compared to my son. My son lasted 14 hours. “

The little girl was named after her grandmother, said Evelyn, whose middle name is also Lydia. Grace was chosen from the Bible. Evelyn added that hospital staff confirmed that Lydia was the first baby of 2022 several hours after she was born.

The couple’s first child, Adam, turned one in mid-December. Since she is so old, the new mom said she hoped Lydia would be born in January so her children wouldn’t have to share a birthday month.

Lydia Grace Savage, born January 1, 2022 at 3:41 a.m., was the first baby to be born in the New Year at Memorial Medical Center.  She is pictured here with her older brother Adam Savage.

Evelyn was born and raised in Las Cruces and attended Arrowhead Park Early College High School and New Mexico State University. Not only did she give birth to her two children at the MMC, she was born in the hospital herself and has been an intensive care nurse there for almost four years.

“I know we (nurses) can be critical of each other, but it was just amazing to see how sweet and encouraging they were the entire time we were there,” said Evelyn. “Learning to breastfeed and learning with the healing process and with different things was just amazing.”

“Our clinic and support staff strive to create a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for mothers and babies,” said Rainbeaux Trujillo, director of women’s and children’s services, on the hospital’s social media post. “It is one of our great privileges to help the families in our community welcome their newcomers in a positive and memorable way.”

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The Savage family of four is now home and adapting to life with a newborn. Evelyn said it was difficult to look after both of the pandemic babies, but her son is very kind to his little sister.

“He will approach her and kiss her on the forehead,” she said of Adam.

Leah Romero is the hip reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.

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