Southwest Florida new year's baby has special connection to earthquake tragedy
SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee county welcomed its first baby of the new year at 4:02am.
Isabella Belene Hines' middle name is a blend of two names of women who will never meet her.
"My grandmother and my auntie together," says first-time mom, Lissa Georges.
"They passed away in the earthquake (in their native country of Haiti,) so I just put their names together," says Georges.
When asked how she's feeling about the birth of her first child, Georges offers three words to sum it up.
"Tired, excited , anxious."
First-time dad, Dacarius Hines feels very much the same.
"Very happy and terrified right now," he says.
He also says he's still getting used to a simple but powerful fact.
"That is my daughter," he says as he proudly looks at baby Rosabella.
"This is my flesh and blood," he adds.
Lissa says she's used to holding other people's babies.
"I used to work at a daycare," she says.
"I'm still trying to get used to her being mine."
"So it's a lot to think about," she adds.
The baby's dad chose her first name - Rosabella - which means beautiful flower.
"Because she is a beautiful flower," he says.
Her mom says she's also a bit of a "sleeping beauty" which, she says, comes from both sides of the family.
"She's like both of us," says Georges.
"She likes to sleep."
"She's already been sleeping for three hours!" says Georges with a big smile.
Dad says even when she's sleeping, Rosabella gives him a beautiful feeling.
"Blessed and happy," he says.
When asked if she has any new year's resolutions for the family, Rosabella's mom says it's a simple one - to make the baby feel what her parents appreciate most.
"Healthy, happy and have family around here," she says.