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Tarrant County's first baby of 2009 is born at JPS

FORT WORTH — Tarrant County’s first baby of 2009 arrived just 30 seconds into the new year.

April Juarez, all 6 pounds and 2 ounces of her, was delivered just after midnight at John Peter Smith Hospital, hospital officials said. Her parents are Serafin Juarez Jr. and Ana Juarez of Fort Worth.

At noon Thursday, Ana held her daughter in front of the television cameras from local news stations and a newspaper photographer. She blushed when a nurse presented her with diamond earrings, a gift from Zales jewelry store. “They are so pretty,” she said through a translator.

She said her due date was Jan. 11, so she was not expecting to have the first baby of 2009.

All the attention, she said, “is surprising.”