As Amber White lay on the operating room table waiting to deliver her third child Friday night, her nurses were counting down the seconds to the start of the new year.
White, 29, rung in the new year with the arrival of Sacramento’s first baby born in 2016 – Ashlynn Sloan White.
Ashlynn was delivered at the Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center at one second past midnight, weighing 5 pounds and 2 ounces with a full head of dark brown hair.
“I was so excited she has hair,” said White, whose first two daughters were bald at birth. “I kept taking her little hat off and playing with all her hair.”
Ashlynn is in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit being monitored for low blood sugar. Initially due on Jan. 6, doctors made a decision to deliver Ashlynn by cesarean section one week early due to Mom’s high blood pressure and other medical issues.
When White arrived at Kaiser for monitoring Friday, she was sent in short order to labor and delivery.
She would spend the eight hours playing board games and listening to Journey, she said, while waiting for surgery and wondering if Ashlynn would be born in 2015 or 2016.
“It’s special,” said White, of Rancho Cordova, of the baby’s birthday. “She’ll get to see fireworks before her birthday every year. There will be parties, and she’ll get to bang pots and pans.”
Doctors expect both Ashlynn and her mother to be released in two to three days.
White, a middle-school teacher, said she is excited to bring her infant back to a “house full of pink,” where she will join her father, Philip White, and her two older sisters, Audri, 5, and Mia, 1.
“I’m just looking forward to being able to spend the quality time with my family,” White said.