Breckenridge couple has baby boy for Christmas |

Breckenridge couple has baby boy for Christmas

Summit Daily/Jane StebbinsRocelia Lopez, with her husband Veto and holding 17-month-old Christian, welcomed Anthony into the family on Christmas Day. The Breckenridge couple was the first to have a Christmas Dave baby born at Summit Medical Center's Birth Center since 1998.

BRECKENRIDGE – Rocelia and Veto Lopez of Breckenridge got the best Christmas present a couple could want when their son was born at 7:45 a.m. Christmas Day.Anthony Lopez weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces. He has a 17-month-old brother, Christian.Veto Lopez said his wife was due to have their second baby Dec. 26.The couple went to the doctor at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 23 when Rocelia began to have contractions. The doctors sent her home, saying the baby was not quite ready to be born.

Veto was at work at the Horseshoe II in Breckenridge when Rocelia called at midnight Christmas to say she was in pain.”We ran to the hospital and stayed there all night,” Veto said. The baby was born at 7:45 a.m., with no complications.Anthony’s Christmas Day birth is the first since 1998. Last year, a baby was born on Dec. 24 and five on Dec. 26.The Birth Center at Summit Medical Center opened in 1997.

“He was cute,” said nurse Helga Rosenbluh. “He was the perfect Christmas baby.”The hospital staff outfitted the baby with a white hat with green and red stripes and gave the couple a gift package that included a diaper bag, diapers, formula and discount coupons to local merchants.”It was fun,” Veto said. “It’s exciting. It’s not every day someone has a baby on Christmas Day.”The next baby to follow Anthony was born at 2:40 a.m. Dec. 27, and no more are scheduled to be born this month, Rosenbluh said.

One is due on Jan. 1, but is being induced a couple days before so that birthdate is unpredictable. An additional 17 are scheduled for delivery in January.”But I don’t know what will walk through the door,” Rosenbluh said. “It’s hard to project.”Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or

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