Parents Herman and Mandy Palacios with their newborn son Herman Jr., who was born Jan. 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

Information provided by Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

January 1 brought a welcome addition to the Palacios family in Hollister and the first baby of the New Year to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

Herman and Mandy Palacios welcomed their newborn son, Herman Jr., on Jan. 1 at 6:22 a.m. Their little bundle of joy, weighing in at 8 lbs. 3.5 oz., is 21-and-a-half inches long and was delivered by Dr. Ralph Armstrong, OB/GYN.

The couple, originally expecting a Christmas baby, were excited that their son had the distinction of being the First Baby of the New Year at Hazel Hawkins. According to a recent press release, the tiny celebrity is the youngest of four siblings. He joins his 19 year old brother and his two sisters, ages 14 and 2, to round out the family.

The parents were thrilled when the staff in the hospital’s Maternal Child unit presented them with a gift basket and gift certificates to celebrate the occasion. The Palacios’ enjoyed the amenities of the Women’s Center, stating “Everything is very nice, upgraded and spacious and the Prime Rib celebration dinner was great!”