Tahoe Forest Hospital is pleased to announce that the first baby of the New Year was born Thursday, January 1 at 6:15 p.m.

Baby boy Tristan Luka weighed 7 pounds 11½ ounces at birth and measured 20½ inches. Mom Christine Monroe lives in Carnelian Bay. Baby Tristan also has a big brother, 7-year-old Kasey.

Having the first baby of the New Year came as a complete surprise to Christine, who, the day before, had gone to crossfit, taken a hike, and gone out for New Year’s Eve with her dad. The baby arrived a little sooner than she expected. On New Year’s Day she labored at home for a while, but her labor progressed unexpectedly rapidly. Her mom had to rush her to the hospital, arriving at the Tahoe Forest Emergency Room entrance at 6:10 p.m., where a transporter hurried by her wheelchair to the Women and Family Center. The baby was born at 6:15 p.m.

The Tahoe Forest Hospital Women and Family Center presented the family with a gift basket of items generously donated by community members and local merchants to honor the 2015 New Year’s baby. “It’s awesome how this small town comes together to provide this great gift basket, “ said Christine.

“What a great gift for the New Year,” she added, “I couldn’t ask for anything else.”

Tahoe Forest Hospital would like to thank and recognize Gratitudes, Julie Huck, owner, and Susan Moule, who assembled the beautiful basket, and all the staff of Gratitudes; Dorinda's Chocolates for the assorted hand-dipped chocolates, provided by Dorinda Vance at the Squaw Valley location. They also have a shop in Reno; Sona Bena, stylist at Images Salon, for a gift certificate for a cut and blow dry; Starbucks in Truckee, Carla Gifford, Manager, for assorted teas and gift bags; Todd Englert of Margi's, the coffee stand in front of Mountain Hardware, who provided Sierra Pacific coffee and loose tea; Truckee Safeway, Eric Lundstrom, Manager, for the Safeway Gift Card; Doug Wright and Heather of Mountain Hardware for moccasin slippers (for mom) and fleece slippers (for baby), plus Burt's Bee’s lotion and Sierra Essentials Lip Balm; The Gift Tree at Tahoe Forest Hospital, who provided a Kaloo marionette bunny and organic cotton baby socks; Mazie Carnell of Sierraville who lovingly provided a handmade quilt; and the Women and Family Center at Tahoe Forest Hospital for the stuffed teddy bear and gingerbread.

The Hinkle Family, Jamey and Kathryn Hinkle and newborn Mayzie, also born on New Year's Day, received a gift certificate, donated by the Kid Zone, to the Kid Zone of Truckee.
Tahoe Forest Hospital District, 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160, (530) 587-6011

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