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Meet Houston's first baby of 2013

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A group of smiling nurses packed into a hospital room on the third floor of Saint Joseph's Hospital in Downtown Houston, smiling and cooing at the first baby born in the city in 2013.  

Jesse Cervantes Junior was born 30 seconds after midnight.  The time of birth section on his "I'm a Boy" card reads "00:00".

The natural birth was not scheduled.

"It was just a coincidence," said Yasselyn Martinez, the baby's mom.  "I couldn't stand my contractions when I was six centimeters, and I decided to get the epidural."

Baby boy Cervantes may have been the first baby born this year, but he certainly kept his parents waiting.  They were expecting him to arrive the weekend before Christmas.

"I had an appointment that Saturday," Martinez said.  "The doctor said I was two centimeters, and I was told to go home and wait.  And I waited that long, until my water broke yesterday."

"I never expected this to happen at the exact time it did," said Jesse Cervantes Senior, the baby's father.

You see, the story of Baby Cervantes's timing doesn't end with a Christmas delay and New Year's arrival.

This is definitely one special delivery.

The baby's paternal grandfather, Jose Cervantes, spent most of 2012 on life support at Houston's Ben Taub Hospital.

"This has been going on for a year.  [It] was the same routine every day.  [We would] wake up and go visit my grandpa at the hospital.  We made a decision yesterday that we were going to let him go," the new dad said.

A very pregnant Martinez accompanied her husband to visit his grandfather in the hospital.  

"We disconnected him yesterday from the machine," she said.  "And we were saying our last goodbyes to him, and we were walking out"

It was 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

"We were walking out of the hospital, and she started feeling pains," Cervantes said.

The couple rushed from one hospital to another.  Within hours, Martinez had checked in to St. Joseph's.  They learned Jose Cervantes, 68, died at 10 p.m.  Two hours later, they welcomed their little boy into the world.

Dr. Nicholas Stephanou arrived in the delivery room three minutes before midnight.  Excited nurses snapped pictures of the clock, 30 seconds past midnight, when he delivered the baby.

"You know, you never know when these things in life are going to occur," Dr. Stephanou said. "And then, when something like [a loved one's death] happens and that relationship is over, and then you have a new baby, it dampens the tragedy. And it dampens the heartache."

Jesse Cervantes Sr. choked back tears while staring at his tiny son.  He was thinking about his grandfather.

"It hurts but now I just look at my son," he said.  "I know that day, Dec. 31, I'll remember my grandpa, but I also remember my son's birthday is coming up."

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