Cynthia Morales says her husband, Samuel, who turns 20 this week, is a good father to their new little girl who was the first baby born in 2013 in Lee County.
"He jumps right in. He can change diapers and he can feed her and rock her to sleep. He is a good father," Cynthia said.
"I can change diapers all right," Samuel laughed. "I had lots of nieces and nephews."
Cynthia and Samuel Morales of Lehigh Acres hold their baby girl who was Lee County’s first babies born in 2013.
Mom is home after giving birth to Mazil Izaira Morales who arrived at 1:32 a.m. at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers early on Jan. 1.
This is their first child and they would like to have another.
"But we're going to wait a little while," she said.
Cynthia, still recuperating at home, said it took 22 hours of hard labor to bring their little girl into the world.
And Samuel was there with his cell phone camera, snapping way at photos once the baby had arrived. During his wife's labor, he offered full support for her in the delivery room.
"We have so many photos and we have already sent them up to Connecticut where my folks are," Cynthia said.
They are also being shared with her friends up north.
Samuel's folks live in Lehigh Acres. His dad and mom and his grandmother live in Lehigh and that is good news for Cynthia who says Samuel's mother has already come over and has offered to help as much as she can. His parents are separated, cut Cynthia said they are proud grandparents.
The new proud mother said that when she found out she was pregnant, her doctor said it would likely be on New Year's Day when the baby would be born.
"But then the doctor changed the due date for me to the end of December. So I didn't give it a lot of thought about it being the first baby of the year," she said.
"I won't forget the 22 hours of labor though. She said her husband cheered her on during her contractions and when it became 1 a.m., the baby was ready to be born.
"Let's go for it, baby," he told his wife. "C'mon baby, push!"
Samuel and Cynthia met in New Britain, Conn., when they were 17 years old.
"She missed the school bus one day and so I walked her home," he said.
They spent their two years together in Connecticut and then decided to move to Lehigh Acres where his folks live.
"He went home to see his dad, but we kept in touch. Then after several months apart, he returned to Connecticut to bring her to Southwest Florida where they were married.
Samuel works at Cornerstone Buildings of Southwest in Fort Myers as a tile installer. And for now, he said his wife is going to be a stay-at-home mother.
They married on June 28 of 2011 at the courthouse.
"Even though we said we didn't plan the baby, it wasn't avoided," the new mom said.
"It's going to be fun to watch her grow up," she said.
"I'm looking forward to it, too," the new dad said.