It didn’t take long for Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center to welcome its first baby of the new year.
Jesara Christie Pritchard is the first Beatrice baby of 2019. She was born at 12:20 p.m. on New Year’s Day, weighing 7 pounds, 1.3 ounces and 19.5 inches long.
Her parents, Jesse and Nicole Pritchard of rural Beatrice, said they didn’t initially realize the due date was so close to the first of the year when they found out they were expecting.
“Then when we saw the due date was Jan. 2 we were like, ‘oh my gosh, it could be Christmas or New Year,’” Jesse said. “It’s a special time. We just want a healthy little girl.”
Jesse, a native of Stromsburg, met Nicole in her home country of Brazil while visiting on a mission trip through his Lincoln church.
The couple moved to Beatrice around two years ago and will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on Jan. 10.
Nicole said her family is excited to visit and meet Jesara for the first time.
“Her grandparents are still in Brazil and will come see us in a couple weeks,” Nicole said. “My mom wants her to learn a lot of languages since I’m from Brazil. At least two.”
Jesara is the couple’s first child. They were looking for a name that started with “J” like her father’s, and chose Jesara because they thought it was beautiful.
The couple’s hope for Jesara’s future is that she stays happy and healthy.
“We just feel so blessed,” Jesse said. “We’ve been praying about our future little girl and feel like God has blessed us with a healthy little baby. We’re really excited.”
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