While England celebrates the birth of their future king, Humboldt County
is celebrating the birth of its own little princesses Monday.
Dr. Brad Granath delivered Grace Sandoval at 1:45 p.m. Monday, July 22,
at Humboldt General Hospital. She is the daughter of Bianca Bernal and
Rudy Sandoval of Winnemucca and joins 11-year-old Alexis, 8-year-old Junior
and 2-year-old Isabella at home.
Later that night, Dr. Granath delivered Madelyn Rose Davis at 10:51 p.m.,
also at Humboldt General Hospital. Madelyn is the daughter of Heather
and Johnny Davis and joins 8-year-old Calvin and 13-month-old Lillian at home.
The two baby girls will forever carry the distinction of being born on
the same day as the future King of England: the current Prince of Cambridge.
His Royal Highness was born at 4:24 p.m. (8:24 a.m. local time) at St.
Mary's Hospital in London. He is the first child of Prince William
and Kate Middleton and is third in line to the British throne behind his
grandfather Charles and his father.
As to the future of Winnemucca's newest princesses, their parents simply
expressed hope for a long and healthy life. Grace, who has a full head
of black hair, weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Madelyn, who may tend toward strawberry blonde hair, was 7 pounds, 5 ounces
and 20-3/4 inches long.
Bianca Bernal was due July 23, but opted to be induced a day early. She
arrived at the hospital around 6 a.m. and things proceeded like clockwork
until Grace arrived just before 2 p.m.
Both Bianca and Rudy were delighted to share their baby's special day
with a future king, but as Rudy pointed out, every baby is special and
each day a new child arrives is "the best day."
Heather and Johnny also said they enjoyed the fact that their little Madelyn
shared a birthday with a future world leader. Much like the Prince of
Cambridge, their daughter was due last week, but delayed her coming for
Heather had a doctor's appointment at 9 a.m. Monday and showed some
signs of moving toward labor. By early afternoon, her labor pains began;
she and Johnny began timing the contractions at 4 p.m. A 15-minute walk
at 6:30 p.m. helped things pick up speed, and the couple checked into
the hospital at 8 p.m. Dr. Granath broke Heather's water at 9:20 p.m.
and Madelyn arrived about an hour and half later.
"Everything went great," said Heather. "We're so glad
Dr. Granath and his wife, Robin, were excited for the coinciding births.
Robin said, "We just think it's so neat that these two little
princesses were born on the same day as a future King of England."
She added, "That's something that they'll always remember."