Grass Valley baby sprints into New Year |

Grass Valley baby sprints into New Year

Eileen JoyceMichelle Moeller (left) and Chris Senn admire their new son, Juliano Senn, born just seconds into the New Year.
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Nine seconds.

After being in labor for 12 hours on New Year’s Eve, that’s how old 2003 was when Michelle Moeller gave birth to Juliano Senn at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

The 7-pound, 9-ounce newborn baby boy was resting on a hospital bed Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by members of his newly extended family.

The newborn’s mother and father, Chris Senn, were simply relieved as they talked about giving birth while watching a tape-delayed broadcast of the ball dropping in Times Square to mark the New Year.

“We just feel lucky. It doesn’t matter when, just as long as he came,” said Senn, 30, who admitted to very little traditional New Year’s Eve celebrating as he waited for the birth of his second child.

“We got a little bonus,” he said of his newborn son.

Nurses at the hospital were buzzing around the maternity ward. It’s believed that Juliano was perhaps the first baby born in 2003 within the Sacramento region.

“We didn’t even look at the time,” Senn admitted.

While in labor, Moeller, 23, watched television of people in various time zones celebrating the New Year. “And I was just hurting, big time,” she said.

The Senn-Moeller clan was joined Wednesday by the child’s great-grandmother, Patricia Alspaugh; great-aunt Cindy Alspaugh of Grass Valley, Wesley Turner, Cindy Alspaugh’s fiance, and Anakin Senn, 8, Juliano’s new big brother.

Anakin, his eyes drooping from a night of anticipation, said he was proud to be a big brother.

Juliano, meanwhile, slept away.

“He doesn’t know yet that when you cry, you get stuff,” joked the new father, a skateboarder and participant of multiple X Games contests, winning gold medals in skateboarding competitions at the ESPN-produced games in the summer of 1995, 1997 and 1999.

“That’s meaningless, compared to this, but without (skateboarding), this wouldn’t be possible,” Senn said, gesturing toward his family and new son.

Indeed, skateboarding will be the furthest thing from father and his new son’s mind for a long time.

“Whatever he wants to do,” Senn said. “Skateboarding’s not something I’m going to push.”

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