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Sonoma County's 2014 New Year's baby is family's 1st daughter

• Diana Lizette Zarate.

• Born: 12:16 a.m. Jan. 1

• By Caesarean section.

• Six pounds, 7.2 ounces.

• 20 inches long.

• Wisps of hair as dark as her mother's.

Those are the facts about the first baby born in Sonoma County in 2014.

In addition: she has four brothers: Juan, 16, Angel, 12, Erik, 10, and Daniel, 2.

Speaking at Sutter Medical Center to Diana's mother, Virginia Zarate, a reporter stated the obvious: ”You have four sons. And now a daughter.”

“Mi reina,” said Zarate, 38. “My queen.”

It was Angel who named his sister.

“He said, 'Mommy, I want this name,' ” said Zarate, speaking in Spanish. “I asked, 'Why?' I asked him if he knew someone with that name. He said, 'I saw it in my mind.''"

Kids are a joy in a way that is indescribable, said Diana's father, Juan Zarate, Sr., 39.

“I have no words for it,” he said, a smile in his voice, speaking at his job as a butcher at Juanita's Market in Rohnert Park, where the family lives.

At about noon, when she was 12 hours old, Diana and her mother had visitors: Ashley Kimball, Miss Sonoma County, and Emily Mott, Miss Sonoma County's Outstanding Teen. They brought a basket of gifts that included the classic children's book, “Goodnight Moon,” by Margaret Wise Brown.

Virginia Zarate smiled as Diana squinted.

“I want all the very best for her, and that she studies,” Zarate said later.

And, she said, she also was thinking of something else: Diana's quinceañera, the traditional 15th birthday celebration for girls that is so important in Latino culture.

“It's beautiful in my mind,” she said.

(You can reach Staff Writer Jeremy Hay at 521-5212 or jeremy.hay@pressdemocrat.com.)

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