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Abby Gomez , 23, looks lovingly into the eyes of her first born child Ensley Jean McLagan while proud father Preston McLagan looks on Jan. 7 in Glenrock. Ensley Jean was the first baby of 2019 born at Memorial Hospital of Converse County at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 2.

Sometimes the first child born in the county for a new calendar year doesn’t come on the first day of January. On occasion, it takes a little longer.

For first-time parents, Abby Gomez, 23, and fiancee Preston McLagan, 23, their baby girl came two minutes into the second day of the year.

“We missed (a New Year’s Day baby) by two minutes,” Abby said as she rocked her newborn in Glenrock Jan. 7.

Originally scheduled with a due date of Jan. 6, Ensley Jean McLagan came a little early. The couple went in on Tuesday, Jan. 1, around 7 p.m. to induce labor at 39 weeks, Gomez said, but they were met with a problem at around 10:30 p.m.

“They had to stop the inducing because the baby wasn’t tolerating it very well,” Gomez said. “About 30 minutes later, they were getting us ready for an emergency C-section.”

To McLagan and Gomez’s relief, Ensley Jean was born with no complications and Gomez noted how everyone is healthy. Ensley Jean was born weighing 5 pounds, 10.3 ounces and 19 inches long.

“It all went really smooth, I think,” Gomez said.

Preston noted how the doctors, nurses and everyone on the labor and delivery floor at the hospital were “fantastic” through the entire experience.

“The hospital was very generous,” Preston said. “We got some great gifts from the community and hospital. I can’t say enough good things about how good the hospital staff was to us.”

Gomez noted the help received by labor and delivery nurses Kim Caves and Rachel Nickell for everything they did to help them through the birth.

“It was a pleasure to be a part of their birthing experience,” Caves said Jan. 8.”Congratulations.”

The newborn and her parents remained at the hospital until Friday, Jan. 4, which was conveniently also Gomez’s birthday. They initially went to Casper, where Gomez’s mother Tonya Yetter lives. After a few days, they came back to Glenrock, which will be where they stay for quite some time.

“Preston works outside Douglas and that’s why we decided to (have the child) here,” Gomez said.

Preston works on an oil rig for Nabors Drilling, while Gomez is nearly finished with a degree in hospitality from Casper College. She put her education on hold after learning of her pregnancy, she said.

The two grew up in Glenrock, with Gomez moving to Natrona County while in elementary school. Preston graduated from Glenrock High School in 2014, with Gomez graduating the same year from Natrona County High School.

“I moved to Star Valley outside of Jackson directly out of high school, then she came up with me,” Preston said.

As new parents, the couple say the first few days of parenthood have gone swimmingly. The plan right now is to stay at the house of Debra Row, Preston’s grandmother, so that he can come home to his family every night after getting off the oil rig.

“It’s been really good,” Gomez said. “She’s a good baby that doesn’t fuss a lot and is happy. We’re very lucky.”

Preston said he is still getting into a rhythm with his role as a new father.

“I don’t know what my role really is other than have everything ready to go,” he said, smiling afterward.

“He’s doing really good,” Gomez chimed in.

“She’s been an awesome little baby. She looks just like her mom, so she’s pretty cute,” Preston continued.

As the new family adjusts to parenthood, they plan to be married sometime this spring or early summer.

“We were going to do Sept. 23, but we decided we wanted to bump it up a little bit,” Preston said. “That, and it’s right in the middle of hunting season.”

As for right now, the family is soaking in the experience and too busy loving on their newborn to be concerned with much else.

“We’re just very blessed,” Gomez said. “It’s fun having the new year’s baby.”

The new baby was welcomed home by paternal grandparents Jennifer Abrams and Pat McLagan and maternal grandmother Tonya Yetter.

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