Shands at UF welcomes first baby born in 2005

Ocean Li Bruinius was delivered by Caesarean section at 5:53 a.m.

Shuman Bruinius and her husband Ronald Bruinius hold their newborn daughter Ocean at Shands at the University of Florida on Saturday. Ocean was the first child born in Gainesville in 2005.

DAVID MASSEY/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 12:36 a.m.
When Ron and Shuman Bruinius greeted their first child in the wee hours of the New Year on Saturday, they had no idea that their bundle of joy would be Gainesville's first-born baby of 2005.
Weighing in at 10 pounds and 0.6 ounces, Ocean Li Bruinius was delivered by Caesarean section at Shands at the University of Florida at 5:53 a.m. Hours after giving birth to Ocean, Shuman Bruinius, 30, was visibly tired from the experience, but not even the exhaustion could take the smile off her face as she gazed down at her new daughter, who slept peacefully in her arms.
"She has my eyes," Bruinius said. "It was exciting, but scary since she was breached. The doctors and nurses here have been wonderful and explained everything to us."
Bruinius' mother, Tseng-Chi Li, traveled from Taiwan to be with her daughter in the last weeks of her pregnancy. The baby's paternal grandmother, Judy Bruinius of Clearwater, and aunt, Berniece Bruinius, each took turns holding the newborn.
The couple said they were surprised when nurses told them that their daughter was the first baby to be born in Gainesville in 2005. Ron Bruinius, a 27-year-old UF geomatics student, said that he is excited to be a new dad and eager to get his "girls" home. "My girls are really strong," Bruinius said. "As she was giving birth, it was very surreal seeing this new life. It's just amazing."
Voncea Brusha, charge nurse of the Mother/Baby Unit of the hospital, said that it's been a long time since the first New Year's baby has been born at Shands at UF.
"We didn't think it would happen here," Brusha said. "It's been a joy taking care of the family. They're a delight and they're bonding beautifully as a family."
The couple hope to take her home Monday. They plan to teach Ocean to speak Mandarin - Shuman's native tongue.
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