YAKIMA, Wash. — He may look all peaceful and cute, but don’t let Vincent James Avetisyan fool you.
Yakima’s first baby of the year, born at 12:24 p.m. on New Year’s Day, came into this world with an attitude, said his tired but radiant mother, Ruchell, barely 3½ hours after giving birth at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
“He came out angry, he was loud, and he let everyone know he was not impressed,” she said, her equally tired but not as radiant husband, Andrey, at her side. The couple is from Yakima.
Moments later, as if to prove the point, sweet baby Vincent James — all 7 pounds, 11 ounces of him — let out a holler that made it clear he won’t ever need lessons on how to be assertive.
For the Avetisyans, New Year’s Eve took an unusual turn around 4 p.m., when Ruchell began having contractions.
Her baby wasn’t due until Jan. 13, however, so she and her husband decided not to call off plans for the night, which included dinner at Applebee’s with 2½-year-old Jonah, who until Tuesday was lord of the manor. As an only child, it was his last hurrah, so to speak, his parents said.
After that they drove around looking at Christmas lights. The contractions, however, were not going away.
By 3 a.m., Ruchell had been admitted to Memorial, leading to a prolonged labor that was eased by a well-timed epidural borne of experience, having waited too long while giving birth to Jonah.
“It was intense up until then,” she said. “After that, it was easier, calmer, a lot more relaxed. I wanted it to be that way this time. It worked out well.”
With two kids now officially in the brood, the Avetisyans are thinking about having two more — maybe even three, if Ruchell gets her way.
Her husband, a construction inspector for the state Department of Transportation, isn’t so sure about that. Which isn’t surprising, since he was an only child.
But Ruchell, who grew up in a large family, feels comfortable with being a stay-at-home mom. It might be mostly off the books, but raising smart, healthy children is an important job.
“I think I was just made to be a mom,” she said. “It’s what I was born to do.”