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Published on January 08, 2018

New Year’s baby surprises Dennis family New Year’s baby surprises Dennis family

2018 New Years BabyThe newborn was wide-eyed and alert on New Year’s night after an unexpected arrival, two days ahead of schedule, as the first baby of 2018 born on Cape Cod.

Jhulie was born at 4:32 p.m. at Cape Cod Hospital, surprising her mother, Ozeneide Griti of Dennis, who was scheduled for a Caesarian section on Jan. 3. Griti said she started having contractions just before noon on New Year’s Day and went to the Emergency Room at Cape Cod Hospital “just to be checked out.”

En route to the hospital, Griti was imagining telling the baby “not today,” that people wanted a quiet New Year’s Day, that people were on vacation, but Jhulie’s arrival was imminent.

“Labor happened so quick,” Griti said. She was told during her examination that labor was quite advanced, requiring an immediate C-section.

A former obstetrics nurse in her native Brazil, Griti understood the urgency and, along with her husband, Marcos Barroso, embraced the unexpected change in plans.

It was a different experience for Griti than the birth of her first daughter, Maria Griti-Barroso, now a third-grader at the Marguerite E. Small Elementary School in West Yarmouth. During Maria’s birth, 16 nursing students were in the room — the very same room in which her mother and Jhulie were recovering — to observe labor and delivery.

“They were just… they couldn’t believe it,” said Barroso, with a laugh.

The couple’s older daughter was ecstatic about her new sister and cried when she came to see the baby for the first time.

“Maria couldn’t wait to undress the baby to help with the diaper,” Griti said. “It was like (Jhulie) was a live doll.”

The baby is not the only new endeavor for Griti. Starting Jan. 9, Griti will begin taking English classes at Cape Cod Community College in the hopes of practicing nursing here on the Cape in the future.

Caring for her newborn won’t derail her plan. Griti joked that if the baby is quiet, she could come to English class with her.