Instead of spending New Year’s Eve celebrating and sipping champagne at midnight, Nancy Gutierrez, 34, was having contractions and preparing for the birth of her second child.
Briella Pacheco made her grand debut at 2:19 p.m. New Year’s Day at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, earning the title of first baby girl born in Bell County in 2014.
Weighing in at 6 pounds and 15 ounces with a full head of chestnut brown hair, Briella is Gutierrez’s second child and her first child with boyfriend Ricardo Pacheco, 43.
Gutierrez has a 5-year-old son, Max, and Pacheco has a 19-year-old son, Ricardo.
Max said he couldn’t wait to get out of school to hold his new baby sister.
“I will protect her, share my boy toys with her and teach her how to play video games,” said the shy, but proud, big brother. “When I first saw her I thought she was really small and cute.”
Briella was originally due Jan. 14, and Gutierrez said this pregnancy and delivery were far different from Max’s.
“Morning sickness and the heartburn really got me this time,” she said. “Life with a girl is going to be way different than life with a boy.”
After enduring cramping while she was at work, Gutierrez said the cramps turned into the familiar feeling of contractions.
At 10 a.m. she was admitted to Seton’s labor and delivery ward.
“This delivery was way easier than with my son: They induced me at 10 a.m. and he was born at 1 a.m. the next day,” she recalled. “With (Briella), I just had to push twice.”
Pacheco beamed with pride over his new little “princess.”
“My firearm and baseball bat are in the works,” he said, joking about scaring away male suitors when she comes of age. “I just have a feeling she is going to be way more expensive than our boys.”
Gutierrez said she is excited about dressing up her new baby girl, and Briella has already amassed a large collection of hair accessories and bows.
Now 10 days old, Briella and her family are adjusting well. On Wednesday, Gutierrez said she was getting lots of help around the house.
“Max is being a great big brother and he enjoys holding her and bringing us things, like diapers, when she needs to be changed,” she said, adding she isn’t tackling all the dirty diapers alone. “Ricardo and I switch on and off at night between feedings and diaper changes so we are both getting as much sleep as we can.”