HARLINGEN — Daniela Sanchez cradled her newborn son Andrew, her smiling facing glowing with the anticipation of her new life as a mother.

“I am excited for the new journey,” said Daniela, 23, who gave birth to Harlingen Medical Center’s first baby of the year, who arrived in the world at 12:39 a.m. New Year’s Day. His family greeted his arrival.

A special radiance seemed to fill the room because Andrew is the first child of Daniela and his father Alvaro Juarez, 22. Andrew also is the first grandchild of Martin Sanchez, Jr., and his wife Teresa.

It’s often said children don’t come with instructions. Raising a child can be especially challenging when parents have no experience. Certainly all sorts of questions abound. Daniela’s parents quickly voiced their support.

“It’s all good,” said Martin Sanchez, Jr. “We have four kids and all of them are good, educated. We were good with our kids, so hopefully they will do the same with this grandchild.”

Daniela’s brother, Martin III, also was excited about being an uncle, albeit a little surprised.

“I wouldn’t think she would be the first to pop one out,” he said jokingly. “But things happen. As long as she’s happy, I’m happy. She knows I have got her back.”

What’s his greatest hope for Andrew?

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