Kenzlee Martinez is first born in ’20

Phillip Martinez Jr. (left) and Erica Martinez (middle), who is holding their new-born daughter, Kenzlee, who was delivered at 12:26 a.m. on Wednesday morning, smile for the camera at San Luis Valley Health.

ALAMOSA — Kenzlee Martinez was the first baby born in the San Luis Valley this year.

Martinez, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 19-inches tall, was born at 12:26 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, at San Luis Valley Health.

Kenzlee’s mom, Erica Martinez, said there were no complications delivering her baby.

“Everybody was great,” she added in reference to SLV Health’s staff. “It was good.”

Kenzlee’s dad, Phillip Martinez Jr., complimented SLV Health’s staff.

“Everything went smoothly,” he said. “It went quickly.”

Erica and Phillip are long-time Alamosa residents.

Phillip is from Center originally and attended Center High School, while Erica has lived in Alamosa for most of her life, but she attended Sangre De Cristo High School.

When Kenzlee returns home from SLV Health, she will have three siblings waiting for her.

The new-born Martinez will have one sister, Braelyn, 10; and two brothers, Jerek, 7; and Xzavier, 3; ready to welcome their new sister when she arrives home.

“She was excited to have a sister,” said Erica about Braelyn.

Phillip added: “I think they all were; the boys were excited.”

Kenzlee’s maternal grandmother is Debbie Lopez and her paternal grandfather is Jim Kalana, while her paternal grandmother is Kimberlee Duran and her paternal grandfather is Phillip Martinez Sr.

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