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CAMP LESTER, Okinawa — Vaughn Dimapilis is just a few days old and already a winner.

As the first News Year’s baby among the military community on Okinawa, Vaughn is set to receive gifts from several organizations in coming weeks. But that was the farthest thing from his parents’ minds when his mom, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nayla Dimapilis, woke up with an upset stomach Monday morning.

The baby wasn’t due for another 10 days, but by 2 p.m. he was anxious to be born.

“We drove to the hospital, went to labor and delivery and were told to take a walk,” husband Victor, a civilian worker at the hospital, said Wednesday. They went to a friend’s nearby home and waited.

By 6 p.m. they were back at the hospital and by 9 p.m. the couple was told Vaughn would probably be the last baby of 2007, not the first of the New Year.

“Then he stalled,” Victor, 23, of Guam, said. It was as if Vaughn knew he’d score some prizes if he could wait an hour or so. At midnight the final push was on.

Nayla, 23, of San Diego, assigned to the hospital’s internal medicine clinic, said the next hour and 42 minutes were the most painful of her life.

“It was very difficult,” she said, handing Vaughn to her husband. Having just one baby is her New Year’s resolution — at least for now.

Until Vaughn’s birth, the couple, who have been on Okinawa just over nine months, were planning on three children. “Not now,” Victor said. “I don’t think she wants any more.” Nayla smiled wanly.

At 1:42 a.m. Vaughn was born, weighing in at a tad more than seven pounds and measuring about 19 inches long. He has a full head of jet black hair.

“At first I wanted to give him my father’s name, Bonifacio,” Victor said. “But my wife wanted an American name. So we picked a name closest to my dad’s.”

Vaughn beat out the hospital’s only other New Year’s baby by about seven hours. At 8:55 a.m. a baby girl, Rhea Joy, was born to Mary and Petty Officer 3rd Class Rommel Cabero.

Her father works in the hospital’s pharmacy.


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