Mikayla Pacheco-Villanueva arrives early, making her ‘just right’

LIHU’E — It was difficult to tell who was more excited, the mother and father of the first baby born on Kaua’i in 2006, or the grandmother.

“It’s my first granddaughter,” Nora Villanueva beamed as she peered out of one of the Wilcox Memorial Hospital rooms in the nursery.

Mikayla Pacheco-Villanueva was born on 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, the first child of Misty Pacheco and Alfred Villanueva of Hanama’ulu.

Her birth was also the first baby of 2006 for Kaua’i, and Wilcox Memorial Hospital’s Lani Yukimura said the distinction earns the baby and family a little bit more attention than those given to members of families during other births.

Yukimura said hospital officials were able to collect some baby clothes, toys, and other “good-kind goodies” to present to members of the new family.

Included among the collection was also a $100 savings bond that was contributed by volunteers from the Wilcox Hospital Auxiliary.

Weighing in at 6 pounds, 7.8 ounces, Mikayla measured 19.5 inches at birth.

“She was scheduled for Jan. 16,” Alfred Villanueva said.

“But when she was born, the doctors said that if she had gone full-term, she would’ve been longer and heavier, which would’ve made for more difficulties. This way, she’s just right.”

“I was crying last night,” Nora Villanueva said. “Alfredo (Villanueva, her late husband) never got to see his granddaughter, but if he did, he would have been so proud.

“Who wouldn’t be happy on this occasion?”

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