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Vanderbilt’s New Year’s Baby born just after midnight

Jan. 2, 2018, 11:13 AM

(photo by Stephanie Zachariason)

As Nashville welcomed a new year, Graciela Guirola and Roland Rubio welcomed their new daughter, Iris McKenzie Rubio Guirola.

Iris arrived at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) just after midnight, Jan. 1, weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz., and measuring 19 ¾ inches.

“I didn’t know it was 2018. I thought she was born before the New Year, but then someone told me it was the New Year, and I was so excited,” said 19-year-old Graciela Guirola. “I am going to tell her she was famous because so many people were talking about her being the first baby on New Year’s Day.”

Honduras native Guirola, who has lived in Nashville for two years, named her daughter after her mother, Iris. Guirola also has a 3-year-old daughter, Gracie.

Both mother and baby are healthy and resting at VUMC.

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