FAIRFIELD — Addison Marie Watkins was so eager to enter the world, she arrived a day early, at 12:34 a.m. Wednesday at NorthBay Medical Center.
The timing was perfect to earn the black-haired beauty the honor of being Solano County’s first baby of 2014.
Parents Sierra and Harry Watkins watched their first child as she slept soundly, cuddled in her mother’s arms. Maternal grandparents Tsuleean and James Bennett were on hand to meet their newest grandchild. Paternal grandparents Chris and Eva Watkins sent their congratulations from Indiana.
“She’s been very hungry,” Sierra Watkins said of her daughter, who was dressed in a pink jumpsuit complete with a pink hair band and pink shoes.
The Watkins, who are 22 and 23, grew up in Indiana and moved to Fairfield four years ago. He works in a warehouse, she’s in retail.
The couple saw traits from both of them in their new bundle of joy. Addison has her father’s nose and ears and her mother’s hands, Sierra Watkins said.
James Bennett sat in a nearby chair thinking about the day he’ll take his granddaughter to the park. His wife relished in the role of being a grandmother.
“Being a grandparent is much different than being a parent. It’s the perfect love,” she said.
Sierra Watkins found out she was expecting a girl about her 20th week of pregnancy. She was at work on Monday and was slated to work Wednesday.
“She’s going to get spoiled,” Sierra Watkins said, noting there are only five girls among the 20 grandchildren in both families.
“She’s a blessing,” Harry Watkins said. Hearing Addison’s first cry quickly erased the challenges of the last nine months, he added.
Addison will be welcomed home in a bright, colorful nursery decorated with bird and owl pictures and flowers.
The future awaits her.
“I pray she grows up to be a God-loving woman,” said Tsuleean Bennett. “I hope she will be very self-assured and confident like her mom.”
Harry and Sierra Watkins want her to find her passion in life. Hopefully it will involve higher education.
“I want her to go to college, then we can retire and she can take care of us,” Harry Watkins said in jest.
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