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Families celebrate birth in Billings on New Year's Day

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Jan 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 10:08:06-05

Two families celebrated early Saturday as they welcomed new family members.

The first baby of the New Year was born at St. Vincent Healthcare at 1:05 a.m., a baby boy named Ezra to parents Chantell and Emilio Gonzales of Billings.

The second baby of the new year - a girl to parents Joshua and Angela Dinehart - was born a few hours later, at 8:25 a.m., at Billings Clinic.

Lilly Pauline Dinehart weighed in at five pounds, four ounces and hadn't yet been measured for height when her parents talked with the media on a Zoom call.

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Two days before she was born, a med flight brought Angela from Cody to Billings Clinic.

Lilly was born one month early, spent some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is now ready to go home.

"A lot of people would think how can you have so many," Angela said. "And honestly every one's a blessing. They keep us busy. They all work together and just good siblings."

"We're really blessed," Joshua said. "Thank God for you know, as good as our kids are in school and the community we live in is very good. She'll be well taken care of. That's for sure. Brother and sisters are definitely looking forward to seeing her."

Lilly is the eighth child for U.S. Army veterans Joshua and Angela Dinehart and the only New Year's baby in the family.

At St. Vincent Healthcare, baby Ezra weighed 6 pounds, 11.4 oz, and was 19 inches long when he was born.

Chantell and Emilio Gonzales with baby Ezra, who was born at 1:05 a.m. on Jan. 1

Ezra is the family's sixth child.