Lebanon’s first baby of 2018 bears names of beloved great-grandfathers

The parents of Lebanon’s first baby born in 2018 hope for their son to become whatever he wants to be – as long as he’s happy.

The first baby of the year, Stanley Nicholas, was born to Rebecca, 20, and Alex, 23, Aloi-Robledo Jan. 2 at 9:58 a.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Stanley arrived weighing in at 8 pounds, and measuring 20.5 inches long.

The parents chose to name their first child after two men who are very important to them.

“Stanley was my grandfather, who was the life of the party, and his family came first,” Rebecca said. “He was known for being the Jewish boy who didn’t follow the rules and always had a good time.”

Her grandfather passed away just two weeks before she found out she was having a boy. The baby’s middle name was chosen from Alex’s side of the family.

“Nicholas is Alex’s grandpa who helped raise him and was like his father figure and hero,” Rebecca said. “Alex says his goal is to be like him.”

The parents met in high school at Pismo Beach, Calif., but didn’t start dating until some time after graduation. Alex had entered the Air Force and Rebecca moved to Texas, but they both returned home within a six-month period and started dating soon after.

The couple moved to Brownsville last spring, followed by a move to Lebanon in the fall. If they choose to have more children in the future, Rebecca thinks they might adopt.

Her pregnancy was really hard on her body, she said. She was very sick during the first 25 weeks, and her 34 hours of labor forced her to leave the birthing center so she could get an epidural at the hospital.

But an equally important reason is because Rebecca grew up with foster kids in her home.

“I saw how hard it was on them to not have a permanent home, and if we can provide that to a child in need, why not do so and give them all the love they deserve?”

For now, the Aloi-Robledo family will focus on raising Stanley Nicholas the best they can.

“We’re not going to push anything upon him,” Alex said. “His decisions are going to be his.”

As Lebanon’s first baby of the year, the family received a care package from the following local businesses:

  • Dinner for two and a one-night’s stay at Boulder Falls donated by Boulder Falls Inn/1847 Bar & Grill;
  • A gift certificate donated by Bi-Mart;
  • A gift certificate donated by The Lobby;
  • A gift certificate donated by Sugar Vibes;
  • A gift certificate donated by Papa Murphy’s;
  • A gift basket, donated by SLCH Girod Birth Center staff;
  • A handmade receiving blanket, bib and burp cloth, donated by Gwen Stark of Salem; and
  • A stuffed pony, donated by Wells Fargo Bank.