Alitaya Ballard is
first baby of 2002
Express Staff Writer
County’s first baby of 2002, Alitaya Ballard, came into the world on
Jan. 2 at 10:24 p.m.
and Justin Ballard are the parents of Alitaya, the first baby born in
2002. Express photo by
father, Justin Ballard, 24, said the family has a history of unique
mother, Ashley Ballard, 22, was born on Valentine’s Day.
baby’s due date was "Christmas day, but I guess she wanted to be a
New Year’s baby," the father said.
threesome spent a quiet morning Friday resting at St. Luke’s Wood River
Medical Center before returning to their Hailey home that afternoon.
Ballard said she had a "pretty quick" labor giving birth to
Alitaya, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces.
Ballard chose the name "Alitaya" which he heard while on a
mission in the Philippines.
presented Alitaya with a hooded robe and a rattle for being the first baby
born this year.
included hand-knitted stockings and cap from a hospital volunteer, and,
for the parents, a week’s worth of meals cooked in their home from a
Boise company that provides the service.
moved to Hailey from Logan, Utah, in April. Justin Ballard works for a
recruiting firm, and Ashley Ballard works at a hair-care salon.